Sebastian Ranks #2 for Southern Booming Economies

Sebastian was ranked number 2 on the list of southern cities where business is booming.
Sebastian was ranked number 2 on the list of southern cities where business is booming.

SEBASTIAN – Sebastian was ranked number 2 on the list of southern cities where business is booming, and salaries are rising, according to CNBC.

To rank the top “boomtowns,” or cities that meet the criteria, the study looked at five-year data on population, housing, GDP and per capita income from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The Top 9 Southern Cities:

  1. Naples, Florida
    Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 22.8%
    Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 6.8%
    GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 34%
  2. Sebastian, Florida
    Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 20.9%
    Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 9.3%
    GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 23.5%
  3. Fayetteville, Arkansas
    Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 23.4%
    Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 10.4%
    GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 37.6%
  4. Raleigh, North Carolina
    Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 15%
    Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 11%
    GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 33%
  5. Miami, Florida
    Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 17.7%
    Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 10.2%
    GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 29.4%
  6. Charlottesville, Virginia
    Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 17.9%
    Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 7.6%
    GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 22.4%
  7. Durham, North Carolina
    Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 15.8%
    Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 11.9%
    GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 14.8%
  8. Port St. Lucie, Florida
    Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 18%
    Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 9.2%
    GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 21.1%
  9. Richmond, Virginia
    Personal income growth, 2012 to 2017: 15%
    Population growth, 2012 to 2017: 7.6%
    GDP increase, 2012 to 2017: 22.4%

The report says the Top 9 cities are good alternatives for people who want to avoid notoriously expensive cities, such as New York or San Francisco, because they “offer incentives, such as a more affordable cost-of-living or a higher paycheck — or both,” GOBankingRates reports.

Nationally, Sebastian ranks number 3 on the list.

Sebastian ranks in the top 10 for the highest percentage increase in population, with a five-year population change of 2,042. It also ranks in the top 10 for the highest percentage increase in income due to its five-year wage increase of $12,647.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.