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May 7, 2012 - And the fastest-growing American city is...

Austin Texas Before
Landsat 5
August 2, 1985
Austin Texas After
Landsat 5
August 26, 2011
Austin Texas Before
Austin Texas After
August 2, 1985 August 26, 2011
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Austin, Texas, according to Forbes.com. Austin was selected by Forbes as America's Fastest-Growing City for the second year in a row based on projections of economic and population growth, median income, unemployment rates, and employment growth. Since 1990 Austin's population has grown by 1 million, and is expected to grow 2.8 percent a year through 2016, almost triple the national rate. Situated on the Colorado River, Austin's most evident expansion is in the northern portion where new highways snake around the city to connect the growing suburbs, as seen in the Landsat 5 images above.