America’s fastest-growing metro areas

by Ryan Streeter on May 8, 2013. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

It’s always interesting to overlay rankings of the best states for business with the best cities for growth. Both rankings came out this week, within a day of each other.

The annual cities ranking, published by Kotkin and Shires, highlights the importance of a pro-business climate coupled with affordability and adequate levels of amenities. For instance:

Steady, diverse growth can be seen in other low-cost and business-friendly towns such as our No. 11 big metro area, Raleigh Cary, N.C.; No. 13 Columbus, Ohio; and No. 15 Indianapolis. The shift towards stronger growth in areas away from the coasts has continued, at least in the more attractive metro areas.

Here are the top 30 large metro areas:

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