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OCTOBER RELEASE

Americas Fastest Growing Cities Mapped

2022’s
Fastest-Growing U.S.
Cities, Ranked

Our inaugural American Growth Project report examines our nation’s 50 most populous cities by their current rate of economic growth. In addition, our experts weigh in on the specific factors, trends and sectors driving our 10 fastest-growing cities to the top.

Commentary
Remote Work, High-Skill Migration and Our Changing Cities

COVID-19 and the subsequent rise in work-from-home policies by firms have changed the landscape of skilled labor in the United States. The Survey of Working Arrangements and Attitudes finds that 15% of employees are working from home full time, as of September 2022. This dramatic increase in remote work has led to an equally dramatic physical migration of workers across the U.S. Census data shows a sharp decline in populations of the largest U.S. cities and increases among midsize cities and smaller metro areas. For example, from 2020 to 2021, the counties of Manhattan (New York County) and San Francisco both saw a decline in their population of 25- to 54-year-olds by nearly 10%.

Experts

Greg Brown
Executive Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Gerald Cohen
Chief Economist, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
Jim Johnson
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center 
Camelia Kuhnen
Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Mark Little
Executive Director, CREATE
Paige Ouimet
Director of Research, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise & Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School