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View Poll Results: Which Sunbelt City is the next hotspot
Columbia SC 22 30.56%
Birmingham AL 14 19.44%
Abilene TX 4 5.56%
San Angelo TX 7 9.72%
Chattanooga TN 22 30.56%
Columbus GA 2 2.78%
Myrtle Beach-Conway SC 15 20.83%
Lakeland FL 5 6.94%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 72. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-25-2017, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Most are lame, hot and unattractive.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:27 PM
 
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Most are lame, hot and unattractive.
That hasn't stopped Houston from booming. Not saying that it actually is those things, but those are some of the most common criticisms of the city.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:34 PM
 
Location: South Padre Island, TX
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That hasn't stopped Houston from booming. Not saying that it actually is those things, but those are some of the most common criticisms of the city.
The poster already explained what he meant:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/47629037-post52.html
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I think McAllen, El Paso, and Corpus Christi would be much better candidates than the tiny towns of Abilene and San Angelo.

And Myrtle Beach shouldn't be on this list; as the fastest-growing metro on the entire East Coast, it's already a hot spot.

How is Abilene tiny and McAllen not? McAllen only has 9,000 more people than Abilene and its population is probably more attributed to the fact its a border town and has a lot of immigrants from Mexico than the fact that Americans wanna live there. Abilene has a lot of potential. I lived there, and its not tiny. The other town I lived in, Cisco, is tiny Abilene's a small city but its in one of the most recently booming areas of Texas, and its closer to DFW and Austin than Midland and Odessa are.
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Old 04-28-2017, 03:48 AM
 
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How is Abilene tiny and McAllen not? McAllen only has 9,000 more people than Abilene and its population is probably more attributed to the fact its a border town and has a lot of immigrants from Mexico than the fact that Americans wanna live there. Abilene has a lot of potential. I lived there, and its not tiny. The other town I lived in, Cisco, is tiny Abilene's a small city but its in one of the most recently booming areas of Texas, and its closer to DFW and Austin than Midland and Odessa are.
I like Abilene a lot myself.I like that it is closer to the Triangle than Midland/Odessa if I ever move to Lene Town.
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Old 04-28-2017, 07:08 AM
 
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How is Abilene tiny and McAllen not? McAllen only has 9,000 more people than Abilene and its population is probably more attributed to the fact its a border town and has a lot of immigrants from Mexico than the fact that Americans wanna live there. Abilene has a lot of potential. I lived there, and its not tiny. The other town I lived in, Cisco, is tiny Abilene's a small city but its in one of the most recently booming areas of Texas, and its closer to DFW and Austin than Midland and Odessa are.
Abilene MSA: 170,364, growth rate of 3.09% since 2010
McAllen MSA: 849,843, growth rate of 9.69% since 2010

Abilene urbanized area (2010): 110,421
McAllen urbanized area (2010): 728,825

McAllen is substantially larger than Abilene. City population is very arbitrary, especially since the city of Abilene has over twice as much square mileage as McAllen. Do you think San Antonio is really larger than Dallas in reality?
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:13 AM
 
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Abilene MSA: 170,364, growth rate of 3.09% since 2010
McAllen MSA: 849,843, growth rate of 9.69% since 2010

Abilene urbanized area (2010): 110,421
McAllen urbanized area (2010): 728,825

McAllen is substantially larger than Abilene. City population is very arbitrary, especially since the city of Abilene has over twice as much square mileage as McAllen. Do you think San Antonio is really larger than Dallas in reality?
Do you think Houston is reallygoing to be larger than Chicago in 2020?
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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Do you think Houston is reallygoing to be larger than Chicago in 2020?
No but that's not an argument I ever made. When it comes to Abilene and McAllen, the larger metro is growing much faster than the smaller one and the gap is getting substantially larger as time goes on. In comparison, in the case of Houston and Chicago, the *smaller* metro is the one that's growing substantially faster and is closing the size gap as time goes on. Houston and Chicago do not come close to mirroring the relationship between McAllen and Abilene at all. Very bad comparison.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:18 PM
 
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Abilene MSA: 170,364, growth rate of 3.09% since 2010
McAllen MSA: 849,843, growth rate of 9.69% since 2010

Abilene urbanized area (2010): 110,421
McAllen urbanized area (2010): 728,825

McAllen is substantially larger than Abilene. City population is very arbitrary, especially since the city of Abilene has over twice as much square mileage as McAllen. Do you think San Antonio is really larger than Dallas in reality?

Abilene still has a lot more to offer than McAllen. McAllen is just another Laredo, and Laredo ain't exactly desirable. Abilene has more potential. Having a bunch of Mexican immigrants doesn't make a town a "hotspot." Abilene has lots of immigrants plus plenty of people from across the country. The airforce base helps. Plus lots of colleges in the area.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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Abilene still has a lot more to offer than McAllen. McAllen is just another Laredo, and Laredo ain't exactly desirable. Abilene has more potential. Having a bunch of Mexican immigrants doesn't make a town a "hotspot." Abilene has lots of immigrants plus plenty of people from across the country. The airforce base helps. Plus lots of colleges in the area.
Well that's a different argument. But as it stands, McAllen and Abilene are not comparable in size.

And "a bunch of Mexican immigrants" makes a town a hotspot for those folks at the least.
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