MooseRoots' Sabrina Perry filters data from the Census Bureau and National Historic Geographic Information Society for all U.S. cities with populations over 300,000 to determine the 10 fastest growing cities from 2000 to 2013.

Raleigh, N.C. came out on top, with a growth rate of just over 50% in the 14-year period, followed by Bakersfield, Calif. (42.8% growth), Fort Worth, Texas (42.3%), Charlotte, N.C. (40%), and Austin, Texas (27.5%)

It is interesting to note that much of this growth is concentrated in the West and Southeast. Many attribute this to immigration, temperate climates, and the stronger economies of these regions. These dense areas, though often thought to be “greener” due to increased public transportation and smaller living spaces, are often the worst contributors to greenhouse gas.
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