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Growth Continues Across the Nation’s Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan areas accounted for nearly 90 percent of national current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP). The ten largest metropolitan areas accounted for 38 percent of national GDP in 2011, while the smallest 79 metropolitan areas accounted for 2 percent of national GDP.metro_area_0213

  • Real GDP grew in 242 of the 366 MSAs. Professional and business services, durable-goods manufacturing, and trade led growth in 2011. Professional and business services contributed more than 50 percent to real GDP growth in 57 metropolitan areas. Growth in this sector was strongest for metropolitan areas in the New England and Far West regions, such as Worcester, MA, and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA.
  • Many metropolitan areas in the Great Lakes region experienced strong growth in durable-goods manufacturing in 2011. Growth in this sector contributed more than 6 percentage points to growth in Kokomo, IN, and Columbus, IN.
  • Trade contributed 1 percentage point or more to overall growth in real GDP in Odessa, TX, Logan, UT-ID, WA, and Midland, TX.
  • In 2011, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA, was the fastest growing metropolitan area (7.7 percent) among economies with real GDP of more than $100 billion. Midland, TX, grew the fastest (9.5 percent) of the metro areas with real GDP of $10–100 billion. Odessa, TX, grew the fastest (15.2 percent) of the metro areas with real GDP of less than $10 billion.

For more information on GDP by metropolitan area, read the full report.

Personal Income Rose in All 366 Metro Areas in 2011

Personal income rose in 2011 in all of the nation’s 366 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) for the first time since 2007. Personal income growth ranged from 14.8 percent in Odessa, TX, to 1.0 percent in Rochester, MN. Personal income in the United States rose 5.2 percent in 2011, up from 3.8 percent in 2010. Inflation, as measured by the national price index for personal consumption expenditures, accelerated to 2.4 percent in 2011 from 1.9 percent in 2010.

Odessa and neighboring Midland, TX—which ranked second in personal income growth for MSAs at 14.6 percent—had strong earnings growth in mining and related industries, while Rochester’s personal income was affected by a decline in health care earnings.

For more information about personal income, read the full report.