Magazine lists Irving among healthiest cities

Irving earned a spot in a top list of America’s fastest growing cities since the recession, according to Forbes magazine.
The list from Forbes ranks Irving as seventh in the nation for fastest growth since 2007. According to the analysis from demographer Wendell Cox, suburban cities with major employment opportunities and housing, like Irving, made the list.
The analysis used population information from numbers released earlier this year.
According to the article, Irving is a major job center, boasting Nokia headquarters, NEC Corporation of America, Blackberry and Exxon Mobil. The population of Irving has also jumped more than 13 percent in the past five years to about 225,000.

The city also boasts some large employers, including Citigroup, which employs about 7,500, and Verizon, which employs about 3,200.
“Irving’s growth isn’t surprising,” Councilman Gerald Farris said. “Irving offers an array of lifestyles that fits every budget from traditional single family starter homes, urban mixed-use to affluent country club life.
“[There are] great public, private and charter schools. [It is] a location that puts you within minutes from anywhere in the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country. [It has] state of the art public transportation, and [is] right between two major airports.”
The No. 1 city on the list was New Orleans with a population growth of 28 percent. Other Texas cities on the list were Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, El Paso and Corpus Christi. Ranked sixth, Fort Worth was the only city in Texas to top Irving.

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Amanda Casanova
Amanda Casanova primarily covers Irving and Coppell city halls for “The Rambler.” Previously, she has worked for “The Galveston County Daily News,” “The Houston Chronicle,” “The Abilene Reporter-News” and “The Lufkin Daily News.” She also served as the editor-in-chief of Texas A&M University’s newspaper, “The Battalion.”