20 Recession-Proof Cities

The economic news isn't universally doom and gloom. The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to rank the metropolitan areas gaining momentum with high pay and sustained economic growth.

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#1, Jacksonville, N.C.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 7.5%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 21.5%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 11.7%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $46,615

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#2, Fort Hood, Texas

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 7.2%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 9.9%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 9.5%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $44,612

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#3, Fayetteville, N.C.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 4.5%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 12.0%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 8.2%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $42,932

#4, Baton Rouge, La.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 2.9%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 4.8%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 6.7%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $37,653

#5, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 3.4%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 2.6%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 5.8%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $41,871

#6, Iowa City, Iowa

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 2.3%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 2.4%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 6.1%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $40,036

#7, Harrisburg, Pa.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.4%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 2.6%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 3.1%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $39,208

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#8, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.7%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 2.5%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 7.1%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $43,756

#9, Worcester, Mass.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.2%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.9%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 3.4%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $40,734

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#10, Washington, D.C.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.4%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.3%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 4.2%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $40,397

#11, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.4%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 2.0%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 8.2%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $40,925

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#12, Rochester, Minn.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 2.1%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.1%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 2.7%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $42,723

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#13, Philadelphia

Employment increase '07 - '09: 0.9%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.3%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 3.0%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $36,464

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#14, Lafayette, La.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.9%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.0%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 5.8%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $40,250

#15, Rapid City, S.D.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.2%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.4%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 6.0%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $38,166

#16, Des Moines, Iowa

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.9%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.1%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 3.1%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $45,834

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#17, Rochester, N.Y.

Employment increase '07 - '09: 0.1%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 1.4%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 3.7%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $39,476

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#18, Olympia, Wash.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.6%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.3%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 3.7%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $37,967

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#19, New Haven, Conn.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.1%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.9%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 2.7%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $37,728

#20, Charlottesville, Va.

Employment increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.1%
Personal income increase ‘07 - ‘09: 0.3%
GDP increase ‘07 - ‘08: 2.5%

Adjusted per capita personal income: $41,008