A new analysis by CoworkingCafe has identified U.S. cities that lead in fostering economic growth based on their size: small, medium or large. The analysis focuses on cities as defined by their municipal boundaries, instead of as metro areas, based on 2022 data.

Cities were judged based on 11 characteristics including population growth, GDP, employment rates, median earnings, housing units, number of business applications, and foreign trade activity.

Cities in Arizona came in at or near the top in each category. That may be because the cities – even though independent – were all part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and may have benefited from its size and economy.

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