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OKC Among Fast-Growing Cities

By January 31, 2013

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Low cost of living, one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, continued city improvements... We could go on and on. The fact is that Oklahoma City has a lot going for it right now, and these qualities make it an attractive destination for college graduates and young professionals. That's not just my opinion. So says a new Forbes ranking.

In a list of the country's fastest-growing cities, Oklahoma City comes in at #17. The study ranks the 100 most populous metropolitan areas according to six metrics: population growth, job growth, gross product growth, unemployment data and median salaries for college-educated workers. Topping the list are three Texas cities: Austin, Houston and Dallas. OKC, which saw a 1.2 percent population growth and a 2.8 percent job growth rate in 2013, finishes just ahead of Charlotte, NC and Bakersfield, CA.

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