Here’s a map of high-growth areas in the U.S.

by Ryan Streeter on September 19, 2013. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

The BEA put out its analysis of metro area growth a couple days ago. The following map shows how widely-dispersed places with high rates of growth are (look at dark blue and light blue). Some areas are not surprising (Houston, Dallas, San Francisco), while others raise questions (what’s going on in Minneapolis-St. Paul?). One thing that really stands out is how devoid the northeast is of high-growth metro areas.

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These two paragraphs from BEA’s report contain some interesting data points and show how manufacturing, which we have heard ad nauseam is “in decline,” is responsible for the highest rates of growth we’re seeing – especially in my home state of Indiana:

Of the ten largest metropolitan areas, the three with the fastest real GDP growth in 2012 were San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (7.4 percent), Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (5.3 percent), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (4.3 percent).3 The ten largest metropolitan areas, accounting for 34 percent of national GDP, averaged 3.1 percent growth in 2012 after growing 1.9 percent in 2011.

Durable-goods manufacturing continued to spur growth in many of the nation’s metropolitan areas in 2012. Strong contributions from this industry fueled growth in many small metropolitan areas where it constitutes a large portion of the area’s economy.4 This is especially true in the Great Lakes region where durable-goods manufacturing contributed 8.5 percentage points to growth in Elkhart- Goshen, IN, 8.3 percentage points to growth in Columbus, IN, and 7.2 percentage points in Kokomo, IN. Elkhart-Goshen, IN and Columbus, IN were two of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in 2012, with overall real GDP growth of 11.4 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively.