Homes in the U.S. Towns With the Fastest-Growing Economies

Victorian homes in Wheeling, West Virginia

Victorian homes in Wheeling, West Virginia: Ryan Stanton/Flickr/Creative Commons

When the Commerce Department reported Wednesday on the economic growth of certain metropolitan areas across the U.S. in 2014, The Wall Street Journal was quick to note a common theme among these boomtowns: the energy sector! All of them are major centers for mining and other energy-related natural resources.

So it’s not surprising that half of the top 16 cities on the list are in Texas.

Holding the top slot is Midland, which saw its economy grow 24.1% from 2013 to 2014, sunstantially driven by mining. It’s the same story in nearby San Angelo, which is next on the list with 11.4% growth.

Of course, one of the main reasons that people relocate is for work, so you might want to check out our list of median-price homes in the top 10 cities with the fastest-growing economies.

Midland, TX

Economic growth 2013–2014: 21.4%

Median salary (in 2014, from the U.S. Census): $55,814

Median list price (from August 2015 data): $250,000

Midland, TX

This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home boasts an open floor plan, a patio for entertaining, and even a workshop/storage shed out back. And it’s listed exactly at the median price for the area, $250,000.

Economic growth: 11.4%

Median salary: $43,143

Median list price: $194,000

San Angelo, TX

You’re definitely getting a whole lot for your money ($195,000) with this four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home that sprawls over 2,244 square feet. There’s a nice flagstone patio for your barbecue parties, and an enclosed patio when the weather isn’t so nice.

Economic growth: 10.3%

Median salary: $76,395

Median list price: $192,000

Lake Charles, LA

This adorable three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage has style to spare. It’s recently been updated, while preserving the original red oak wood floors. Like the furniture? Hey, it’s yours! List price: $195,000.

Economic growth: 9.9%

Median salary: $96,803

Median list price: $298,000

Greeley, CO

Here’s a grandiose four-bedroom, three-bathroom home that features an open floor plan and 16-foot ceilings downstairs. There’s a granite kitchen island and wood floors, plus it’s all energy-efficient with green-certified construction. List price: $290,000.

Economic growth: 9.5%

Median salary: $58,775

Median list price: $112,000

Wheeling, WV

You get three bedrooms, one bathroom and a grassy yard for kids, dogs, and guests to enjoy. What more could you want for $112,000?

Economic growth: 8.5%

Median salary: $59,530

Median list price: $272,000

Dallas, TX

This four-bedroom (or five, if a study counts), 2.5-bathroom home listed at $272,000 features “updates galore,” according to the listing. They include crown molding, wood floors, granite counters, and—in true Dallas style—much more.

Economic growth: 7.6%

Median salary: $63,356

Median list price: $294,000

Bismarck, ND

Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and four levels?! There’s a charming porch, a brick fireplace, and plenty of space (2,309 square feet) for $294,000.

Economic growth: 6.7%

Median salary: $50,107

Median list price: $236,000

Victoria, TX

Its location on a corner lot means this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits on 9,148 square feet of land that could be yours for $234,000 (less than median list price!). A vaulted ceiling gives the main level a spacious feel, and there’s even an upstairs loft that would work as an office.

Economic growth: 6.7%

Median salary: $96,481

Median list price: $878,000

San Jose, CA

In the “capital of Silicon Valley,” this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home features Brazilian walnut floors, a remodeled kitchen with granite counters, and high-end appliances. Total square footage is 1,320, and the price tag is  $878,000. Too pricey? Go back to Texas! We won’t hold it against you.


Corpus Christi, TX

Economic growth: 6.5%

Median salary: $52,050

Median list price: $238,000

Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi, TX

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Ah, four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2,153 square feet of living space for $238,000. Maple cabinets and granite counters in the kitchen, dual showerheads in the master bathroom, and a walk-in master closet with built-in drawers is livin’ large, indeed.