As one of the fastest-growing metros in the country, Atlanta’s status as an economic powerhouse and a bedrock of Southern hospitality is a major attraction. The city is a capital for media, logistics and technology and still leads in consumer innovation with Coca-Cola and The Home Depot. Home to the world’s busiest airport, the travels of many still lead through Atlanta.
The word is out on Austin – but there’s still plenty of space. The capital of Texas has been one of the fastest-growing cities in America since 2010, attracting everyone from Silicon Valley startups to musicians drawn to Sixth Street. The top tech giants have a home in Austin, as do leading companies in advanced manufacturing, clean technology and Life Sciences. And remember to Hook ‘Em for UT, one of the countries’ largest and highly regarded public universities.
Birmingham is becoming one of the South’s biggest cities with huge potential for more growth. The city is flourishing because of a resurgence of automotive manufacturing and a booming tech industry.
One of the most charming cities in America, Charleston is also home to a robust aerospace, energy and life science sectors. The southern city is one of the country’s hot housing markets for young families.
As one of the top moving destinations post-COVID, Charlotte’s warm weather and cultural amenities is a draw across age groups. It’s home to a significant financial services industry, including the U.S. headquarters of Bank of America.
The Greater Cincinnati area is one of the fastest-growing economies in the Midwest. The city is inset by three rivers and its three biggest sectors: manufacturing, financial and professional services. Home to Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati is at the forefront of consumer products and trends.
The state of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus is a sleeping giant that’s awakening. A significant tech sector, led by new investments in semiconductors and electronics, is fortifying the city. And with The Ohio State University, world-class research abounds.
Born as an economic powerhouse due to a strategic position among America’s railroad lines, ‘Big D’ is now the ninth largest city in the U.S. The city continues to record the highest domestic migration in the U.S., and boasts one of the highest job growth rates in the nation.
One of the hottest real estate markets in the country, Dayton is flourishing as an attractive location for new residents. The city is built on aerospace: It is the birthplace of the Wright Brothers and is Ohio’s aerospace hub. Dayton’s location makes it a prime location for commerce for both Ohio and the Midwest.
As the most elevated major city in the U.S., Denver attracts residents with its walkable downtown, impressive performing arts facilities and 300 days of sunshine a year. Its central location makes it a natural industry hub for the Western U.S., while its aerospace sector continues to take off in scope and impact.
Ft. Myers attracts residents with its warm weather, business-friendly environment and a growing manufacturing and tourism sector. A stable real estate market welcomes retirees and those looking for their own spot in the Florida sunshine.
Beaches, golf courses and a robust arts and culture scene welcomes those drawn to the “#1 island in the Continental U.S.” While predominantly a vacation destination fit for those looking for summer homes, Hilton Head also boasts a business-friendly climate with easy access to the I-95 corridor.
As the fourth largest city in the U.S. and largest in Texas, Houston is a global epicenter for the energy and medical industries. While known for its size, Houston also boasts one of the most culturally diverse populations in the country, with a world-class arts and food scene.
Much of the roads of America run through Indianapolis. Aside from its car roots with the Indy 500, more than $650 billion of goods move through the city. Indianapolis’ advanced manufacturing is the second-largest industry in the U.S.
Long seen as an undiscovered gem, Mississippi’s capital city is proving to be an economic and cultural force within the South. While it is the least expensive real estate market in the country, the city also bolsted by its strong manufacuring and automotive industries along with affordable housing market and quick access to the Gulf shores.
It’s hard to deny that Jacksonville is big. The city is Florida’s most populous city and largest city by land area in the U.S. And with one of the hottest real estate markets in the country combined with a strong financial services and defense industry, the River City makes its presence felt.
Consistently rated as one of the best places to live, this gem can no longer be seen as undiscovered cowtown. While its agricultural roots are still deep, Kansas City has expanded into a strong hub for the financial sector, with powerhouses like H&R Block headquartered in downtown KC. And don’t forget the “Hallmark Halo,” a vibrant advertising and marketing sector resides in Kansas City.
An internationally-renowned hospitality hub, Las Vegas’s economy is bolstered by a robust tourism industry. With a growing population, strong economy and no state income taxes, its housing prices continue to rise at one of the highest rates in the country.
With its prime location along the Mississippi River, Memphis is still a central hub for commerce. In addition to the shipping and logistics industry (FedEx is based in Memphis), the city excels in the arts and hospitality. Memphis is a top place for investors and international renters. Warmer weather year-round and a low cost of living also makes Memphis a hub for retirees.
One of the fastest-growing cities in America, the Music City attracts more than just musicians. A robust health care and tech sector are leading the explosion of economic and population growth. With 20 universities within the Nashville metro area, it’s a high concentration of talented professionals.
Don’t be fooled: Orlando is more than just Disney World. While it is one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, Orlando’s diverse economy is also home to large software design, aerospace and agricultural technology sectors. In recent years, it’s been ranked as a top choice for first-time residential real estate buyers.
Consistently ranked as one of America's fastest growing economies, Arizona's capital and largest city is stimulated by robust aerospace and electronics manufacturing activities and large support offices for financial services companies. Combined with a growing cultural scene and thriving sports teams, Phoenix makes its mark as one of America’s top metros.
Regularly ranked as one of the world's "Most Livable Cities" with one of the highest influx of millennials in the U.S., Pittsburgh offers great opportunities to investors for both high cash on cash return and strong appreciation. With home prices still lower than the US national average and a leading job market in the country, Pittsburgh remains a top destination.
Home to three major research universities (also known as the Research Triangle), the Raleigh-Durham area is home to dozens of high-technology and life sciences companies. It was recently ranked as the second-hottest U.S. housing market.
In 2022, San Antonio catapulted other metro areas to become one of the top U.S. housing markets. With Austin and New Braunfels, San Antonio forms “the Texas Triangle,” one of the fastest-growing and business-friendly megaregions in the country. With a strong military presence and a burgeoning startup ecosystem, “the Alamo City” has established itself as a top city to live and work.
South Florida is the southernmost region of the continental US, and the only region with a tropical climate. It includes the populous Miami metropolitan area, which is the largest urban economy in Florida, home to several universities, and a top US tech hub.
Missouri’s largest city welcomes visitors and residents from the mighty Mississippi from the Gateway Arch. St. Louis’ leads in aerospace, printing/publishing and a strong tech sector. And there’s beer: Anheuser-Busch still brews in its historic plant near downtown St. Louis.
Tampa draws in with its outstanding weather, laid-back approach, and sound jobs market. The downtown area is seeing a construction and development boom and the city benefits from high-paying jobs and top companies, as well as trade from the Port of Tampa.
A fast-growing business centers in America, Tucson attracts residents with its abundant sunshine and desert beauty. Its strong local culture is bolstered by its world-class food scene — UNESCO named Tucson a City of Gastronomy. Tucson is a significant hub in aerospace, defense and renewable energy industries and a major center point for the space industry.