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View Poll Results: Best Cities in the Midwest for Living
Akron, OH 6 3.53%
Chicago, IL 57 33.53%
Cincinnati, OH 21 12.35%
Cleveland, OH 24 14.12%
Columbus, OH 22 12.94%
Des Moines, IA 26 15.29%
Detroit, MI 16 9.41%
Fort Wayne, IN 5 2.94%
Grand Rapids, MI 14 8.24%
Indianapolis, IN 23 13.53%
Kansas City, KS-MO 23 13.53%
Lincoln, NE 12 7.06%
Madison, WI 36 21.18%
Milwaukee, WI 24 14.12%
Minneapolis, MN 62 36.47%
Omaha, NE 22 12.94%
St. Louis, MO 34 20.00%
St. Paul, MN 24 14.12%
Toledo, OH 8 4.71%
Wichita, KS 7 4.12%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 170. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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According to the U.S. Census, Indianapolis grew by 6.1% from 2000-2010. Just a few cities that grew more in the Midwest:

Madison, WI: 11.6%
Aurora, IL: 38.4%
Joliet, IL: ~ 38%
Fargo, ND: 16.5%

According to the census, Indy metro area grew by 15%; some metro areas the grew by a higher percentage:

Des Moines, IA: 18.33%
Fargo, ND: 19.73%
Columbia, MO: 18.62%

And there are a number of places that grew nearly at the percentage of Indy, including Columbus, OH, Bloomington, IL, Madison, WI, Kansas City, MO etc.

Thus, neither the city nor metro of Indy are the fastest-growing areas of the Midwest.

These data were simply found:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._by_population

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._united_states
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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actually I believe Columbus Ohio is the fastest growing
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:25 PM
 
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actually I believe Columbus Ohio is the fastest growing
Yeah, my feeling was that Columbus was at least neck-and-neck with the Indy metro area, but it's clear that neither are the fastest growing *city* in the Midwest.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Minneapolis is one of my favorite cities in the country, not just the Midwest.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Originally Posted by Maintainschaos View Post
According to the U.S. Census, Indianapolis grew by 6.1% from 2000-2010. Just a few cities that grew more in the Midwest:

Madison, WI: 11.6%
Aurora, IL: 38.4%
Joliet, IL: ~ 38%
Fargo, ND: 16.5%

According to the census, Indy metro area grew by 15%; some metro areas the grew by a higher percentage:

Des Moines, IA: 18.33%
Fargo, ND: 19.73%
Columbia, MO: 18.62%

And there are a number of places that grew nearly at the percentage of Indy, including Columbus, OH, Bloomington, IL, Madison, WI, Kansas City, MO etc.

Thus, neither the city nor metro of Indy are the fastest-growing areas of the Midwest.

These data were simply found:

List of United States cities by population - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and

Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
lol. Des Moines is NOT on the same tier as Indy. im talking cities that are in a similar ball park league as Indy.
its alot easier to add 15% growth to the population of a city with 2,000 then a metro of 1.7M which Indy has done.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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lol. Des Moines is NOT on the same tier as Indy. im talking cities that are in a similar ball park league as Indy.
its alot easier to add 15% growth to the population of a city with 2,000 then a metro of 1.7M which Indy has done.
Okay, now you are just making caveats...the point is, Indy is *not* the fastest growing city nor metro in the Midwest. Des Moines, Madison, Fargo, Joliet, Aurora...these are all cities in the Midwest that are growing faster than Indy.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Metro growth in 2011 ( Census Bureau estimates for CSAs of 1,000,000+)

Chicago 43,804
Minneapolis 39,656
Indianapolis 22,792
Columbus 22,133
Kansas City 18,055
Cincinnati 7,774
Grand Rapids 6,883
Milwaukee 6,288
St Louis 4,677
Dayton 2,792
Cleveland -10,853
Detroit -11,418

In the long run raw numbers are a bigger deal than percentages when it comes to how cities rank compared to each other. You can grow twice as fast as the cities above you in percentage terms but you will never catch up to them it they are beating you in raw numbers.

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Old 04-13-2012, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Normal
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Metro growth in 2011 ( Census Bureau estimates for metros of 1,000,000+)

Chicago 43,804
Minneapolis 39,656
Indianapolis 22,792
Columbus 22,133
Kansas City 18,055
Cincinnati 7,774
Grand Rapids 6,883
Milwaukee 6,288
St Louis 4,677
Dayton 2,792
Cleveland -10,853
Detroit -11,418

In the long run raw numbers are a bigger deal than percentages when it comes to how cities rank compared to each other. You can grow twice as fast as the cities above you in percentage terms but you will never catch up to them it they are beating you in raw numbers.
Link?
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I got those from another (respectable) urbanism website, one that the moderators here don't want links to. I will try to find the original source.

Edit: it is Wikipedia but they're sourced from the Census Bureau.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_o...tistical_Areas

You will have to do some math.

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Old 04-13-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Metro unemployment rate (February - not seasonally adjusted)

Minneapolis 6.2%
Columbus 7.2%
Grand Rapids 7.4%
Kansas City 7.7%
Milwaukee 8.0%
Cleveland 8.1%
Indianapolis 8.2%
Cincinnati 8.3%
Dayton 8.7%
St Louis 8.9%
Chicago 9.0%
Detroit 10.2%

Table 1. Civilian labor force and unemployment by state and metropolitan area
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