The fastest growing cities in America are in Texas

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Texas isn't just geographically the largest state in the contiguous United States. It's also home to a number of the fastest growing cities in the country.

According to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgetown, Texas – a suburb of the state capital, Austin – grew 7.8 percent between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. That's more than any other city with a population of at least 50,000 as of the beginning of that period.

Texas towns have fared even better since the start of the decade. Eight of the top 15 cities with the most population growth came out of the Lone Star State.

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Meanwhile, Midwest cities are shrinking. If Texas is the most dominant state when it comes to population growth in cities, Michigan is the opposite. It is home to six of the 15 cities with the greatest population loss.

Only two of the 15 states with the greatest loss in population do not appear in the Rust Belt. Jacksonville, N.C., the city with the largest population dip by percentage, is home to a large military contingent and two Marine Corps bases – Camp Lejeune and Air Station New River.

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The fastest growing cities in America are in Texas

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2. Iowa

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3. Minnesota

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4. Alaska 

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5. Oregon 

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6. Colorado

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7. Hawaii 

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8. South Carolina

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9. Nebraska

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10. Wisconsin

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