Journalist Joel Kotkin writes about America’s fastest growing cities since the recession in an recent article for Forbes
. Irving makes his list at No. 7. He writes, “Irving, Texas, also thrived through the recession. Like Irvine,Calif., this Dallas-area suburb is a major job center. Headquarters for Nokia, NEC Corporation of America, Blackberry, and Exxon Mobil, Irving’s population has soared 13.8 percent over the past five years to 225,000.” New Orleans came in first with a growth rate of 28.2 percent. Four other Texas cities made his list of 11 cities with fast growth rates: -Fort Worth with a population of more than 777,990 and a growth rate of 14.3 percent -Laredo with a population of about 244,730 and a growth rate of 13.4 percent -Austin with a population of more than 842,590 and a growth rate of 12.5 percent -El Paso with a population of about 672,530 and a growth rate of 12 percent.