#8: Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
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#8: Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas

Population in 2000: 1,249,763
Population in 2010: 1,716,289
Change: 466,526/37.3%
Home to the University of Texas and four Fortune 500 companies, this hip, high-tech city draws a diverse mix of residents, from professors to students, politicians to musicians. According to Builder magazine, Austin has one of the healthiest housing markets in the country, second only to Raleigh. The city is home to nearly 200 live music venues -- more per capita than any other city in the nation -- earning it the title "Live Music Capital of the World." Both locals and visitors flock to the South by Southwest and Austin City Limits Music Festivals.

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