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Best Places to Visit in the USA: 5 Up-and-Coming American Cities

More and more people are flocking to city centers, with the Sun Belt receiving most of the newcomers. Sunshine, culture and affordability are as important as ever. Check out this list of five up-and-coming cities that are attracting the most new residents.

1. Dallas-Fort Worth

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According to the 2017 US Census Bureau Data, the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States. Much of this growth is due to job creation and a huge increase in cultural activities such as festivals and microbreweries. There is an active downtown revitalization project happening, which attracts more and more suburbanites to the city center. Cost of living is only around one percent higher than the national average. With booming job growth and an average salary around $60,000, it’s clear why Dallas is so popular among transplants.

2. Miami

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Don’t underestimate the power of sunshine and a body of water. Census data clocks Miami’s growth at over 450,000 new residents between 2010 and 2017. Miami’s diverse culture and varied cuisine are well-known, as is the vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches. One thing is for certain — you won’t be bored. If the city isn’t keeping you occupied or you just have a case of wanderlust, Miami International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and is in close proximity to many exotic locations.

Housing costs are shockingly low in the Miami area, with the median home price around $336,000 and rents hovering at $1,600 monthly. No wonder young people are flocking to the Magic City.

3. Orlando

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Miami is not the only hot destination in the Sunshine State. The Orlando metropolitan area reached over 2.5 million residents in 2018. Most of these newcomers cite the great weather and job market as the reasons they chose Orlando as their permanent home. In fact, more science and technology jobs are moving to Orlando than the Bay Area! With close proximity to Disney as well as world-famous golf courses and outdoor recreation, Orlando is teeming with activities and culture. It is also frequently named one of the best cities for singles, so if you’re unmarried and ready to mingle check out this dynamic city!

4. Phoenix

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The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area grew by nearly 337,000 people between 2010 and 2017. It’s easy to see why it is so attractive, boasting an affordable cost of living and strong economy with five Fortune 500 companies in the area. Extraordinary terrain and landscapes surround the metropolis with tons of bucket-list destinations within a five-hour drive.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation lives in Phoenix, and many co-working spaces throughout the area make it a great place to be an entrepreneur. Traffic is light thanks to a great public transit system. Finally, there’s fantastic weather, with 300 days of sunshine a year and very low risk of a catastrophic weather event.

5. Boise


Boise is the nation’s 7th fastest growing cities, with special attraction to young professionals. Thought to be partly due to the third wave of tech dislocation, Boise saw a 3.8 percent increase in growth last year. A  great location, good weather and low cost of living are enticing to newcomers.

Residents also speak of the low crime rates and abundance of family-friendly activities in the city. Most neighborhoods have bike paths, including the downtown waterfront. Ski resorts are just a few miles from downtown, yet winters are fairly mild compared to the rest of the state. Economic growth is outpacing national averages, so it’s safe to say Boise is going to continue to be a city to keep on your radar.


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