The few years prior to 2015, the oil towns in Texas and Oklahoma dominated the ranks of the fastest growing economies in America. But... the times they are a-changin'!
As the energy boom is fading, a new leader has transpired - real estate in Florida as the baby boomers, who were considered the wealthiest, most active and physically fit generation up to that time, are retiring in luxury.
Naples, FL continues to top the list of the greatest economic growth. A repeat of 2015, analysis of data in a new report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors prepared by IHS Global Insight calculates that Naples' economy will grow 4.9% in 2016. In fact, metropolitan areas in Florida made up 50% of the top 18 performers in economic growth forecasts.
These are the 18 metropolitan areas in the United States that will see the most economic growth in 2016:
#1 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL
#2 Sebring, FL
#3 The Villages, FL
#4 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
#5 Austin-Round Rock, TX
#6 Raleigh, NC
#7 Ocala, FL
#9 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
Grants Pass, OR
#14 Port St. Lucie, FL
Punta Gorda, FL
Homosassa Springs, FL