FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – The two fastest growing cities in America are right here in North Texas. Frisco comes in at number one.

McKinney is right behind it.

The figures were gathered by MSN’s Real Estate website.

In 2009, the population of Frisco was more than 102,000, which means it grew more than 200 percent from the year 2000.

Today, the population of Frisco is more than 124,000.

Frisco Mayor Maher Maso believes the growth is exciting. “We have so many things going on at the same time you can’t take a breath.”

Mayor Maso points to new construction projects like a hospital being built near Frisco Square.  “The growth will come if people see that it’s a place to live and raise families.”

Frisco is already home to big retail stores like IKEA and sports venues like FC Dallas Stadium, where professional soccer is played.

Frisco’s Director of Development, John Lettelleir, said growth was part of the plan.  “They had a vision and people stayed committed to that vision to make what you see here happen. These are ideas that came about over 20 years ago.”

McKinney is right behind them as the second fastest growing city in the nation.

“Seems like it goes back and forth between us and them,” said McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller.

He adds their success lies in a ‘hometown’ feel.

“I love everything about McKinney. It’s a small town.  I grew up in a small town. But we have 135,000 people here and it just doesn’t feel like 135,00.”

It is difficult to believe that 20 years ago both were small town farming communities.

Mayor Maso remembers what it was like when he moved to Frisco in 1992.  “We didn’t even have a traffic light. So, my how things have changed.”

Denton also made the list of fastest growing cities at number 13.

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