Economic Growth Widespread Across Metropolitan Areas in 2012

• Metropolitan areas accounted for nearly 91 percent of national current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP). The ten largest metropolitan areas accounted for 34 percent of national GDP in 2012, while the smallest 79 metropolitan areas accounted for less than 2 percent of national GDP.0917blog

• Real GDP grew in 305 metropolitan areas. Durable-goods manufacturing, trade, and financial activities led growth in 2012. Durable-goods manufacturing and financial activities contributed more than 50 percent to real GDP growth in 80 and 53 metropolitan areas, respectively.

• Trade contributed to real GDP growth in 363 metropolitan areas. Growth was strongest for metropolitan areas in the Southwest regions such as Odessa, TX.

• Financial activities contributed more than 2 percentage points to overall growth in real GDP in Missoula, MT; Eau Claire, WI; Bloomington, IL; Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI; and Ocean City, NJ.

• In 2012, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA was the fastest growing metropolitan area (7.4 percent) among economies with real GDP of more than $100 billion. Midland, TX, grew the fastest (14.4 percent) of the metro areas with real GDP of $10–100 billion. Odessa, TX, grew the fastest (14.1 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.

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