3. Phoenix, Ariz.
MSA: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Ariz.Median Pay: $64,200
2013 Population Growth Rate: 1.67%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Population growth has traditionally been the #1 driver of economic growth in metro Phoenix. Population growth and economic growth in metro Phoenix both took huge hits during The Great Recession… but now we’re back on track.
(Thanks to Fred Newman at Ultimate Information Systems for tipping me off to this article.)