In April 2012, CNN Money cited 10 U.S. cities that had managed to record population gains of 30% or more in the decade ending in 2010 (according to the Census Bureau). During that time, the national average for population growth was less than 10%.
Ranking ninth on the list of the 10 Fastest Growing U.S. Cities was Greenville County, SC, which increased 32.5% from 2000 to 2010. Wrote CNN: “The city [of Greenville], along with Spartanburg, Anderson, and other nearby towns known as “The Upstate,” boasts more than 250 international firms, including BMW (Germany), Michelin (France), GlaxoSmithKline (United Kingdom), and Kyocera (Japan). ‘That’s the highest international investment per capita in the nation,’ said Nancy Whitworth, Greenville’s Director of Economic Development.”
Charlotte, NC (90 miles north of Greenville on Interstate 85) also made the list along with Raleigh, NC; Austin, TX; and San Antonio, TX.