Among American cities with metropolitian statistical area (MSA) populations of 1 million or more, Nashville is estimated to have experienced the 10th most growth (1.7 percent) from 2011 to 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. At this rate, Nashville, which had an MSA population of 1.72 million by 2012's end, will be home to approximately 2 million residents by 2020. Of note, Nashville peep city Austin grew fastest from 2011 to 2012 with 3 percent metro growth. Here are the percentage growth numbers for other mid-sized cities located in the South and percieved as peers to Nashville: Orlando (2.2 percent), Raleigh (2.2), San Antonio (1.9) and Charlotte (1.7).
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