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North Texas Cities Continue To Grow Despite Sluggish Economy

By Jay Gormley, CBS 11 News
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FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – Fans poured in by the thousands into Pizza Hut Park to watch a game that could have easily been played 25 miles south in Dallas. But instead of Big D, the NCAA chose one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

“The energy and the excitement was very attractive. Everything that’s happened this week has been spectacular. Everyone is coming away from this experience feeling very, very good about Frisco” says NCAA president Dr. Mark Emmert.

So good in fact, the NCAA signed a contract to bring the Division I FCS Championship back to Frisco for another two years.

Frisco has been one of the fastest growing cities in America for nearly a decade. And yet, the city is only 45% built out, so there’s plenty of room to grow. It’s still getting rave reviews from the people who live there.

“I feel it’s a safer place to get your shopping done and go somewhere to eat. You don’t have to worry about the mess and pollution. It’s cleaner” says resident Chriten Jester

Residents like Angela Corona will tell you Frisco is self-sufficient and there’s no longer is there a need to travel to Dallas.

“There‚Äôs a big town feel, but you’re not in a big city. You have the malls that are convenient, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.”

To the west of Frisco, Keller has also made the top ten fastest growing cities. While Keller may not have stadiums, the housing market is exploding and small stores are giving way to super-sized retail. Keller has grown 226 percent over the past decade.

“It had 2,500 people and nothing but two-lane, black top roads and one red light in the whole town. It’s certainly big now with nearly 40,000 people. But the people are still friendly, ” says resident Keith Minter.

Keller’s neighbors to the west in Haslett also made the top ten list. That city’s growth is astounding at 735 percent over the past decade.

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