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California cities once led the nation in urban population growth, but sharp declines in migration and birthrates have slowed the state's human expansion to well under 1 percent a year, a third of what was happening during the go-go 1980s.

Now, a new Census Bureau report indicates, rapid growth – for better or worse – has shifted to other states.

The nation's five fastest growing cities over 50,000 population in the year ending July 1, 2013, were in Texas and Utah and Texas also had four other cities in the top 15.

San Marcos, Texas, led the nation in municipal growth at 8 percent during the year, followed by Frisco City, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

The Dallas suburbs have become a major destination for movement of corporate headquarters, including, it was announced recently, Toyota's U.S. headquarters from Southern California. Smaller Texas cities, meanwhile, are enjoying an oil boom.

The Census Bureau's list of top numerical gainers included California's three largest cities – Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose – but in percentage terms, all lagged well behind other areas.

Three smaller California cities joined the 50,000-plus list during the year – Aliso Viejo, Dublin and Palm Desert.

PHOTO: In this 2013 file photo, a sign announces the future home of the Dallas Cowboys football team headquarters and training facility in Frisco, Texas, the second-fastest growing city in the U.S. Associated Press Photo/LM Otero


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