#10: Bend, Ore.
Population in 2000: 115,367
Population in 2010: 157,733
Known as a gateway for mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing and other outdoor sports, this
scenic Oregon city has attracted more than 40,000 adventurous residents
in the last decade. Initially a logging town, Bend has since become a
hotspot for entrepreneurs in technology, biosciences, renewable energy
and other fields. While the city has maintained a small-town feel, its
exponential growth has brought big-city amenities, such as top-rated
restaurants, boutique shops and a vibrant music scene.