Considering a Change of Scenery? These Are America's Fastest-Growing Cities

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If you’re looking to move to an up-and-coming city, it’s time to head for the South. As Thrillist reports, new Census data finds that eight of the top 15 fastest-growing large cities in the U.S. are located in the region.

The U.S. Census Bureau just released its most recent population growth estimates for large American cities—meaning incorporated areas of more than 50,000 people—and found that the Sun Belt is growing faster than other areas of the country. San Antonio, Texas, the city that saw the biggest increase in population during the period analyzed, added an average of 66 people per day between 2016 and 2017. As of July 2017, the city had 24,200 more people than it did a year prior. Phoenix added 24,000 people during the same period, while Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas each added almost 19,000 people to their residency rolls.

These are the 15 states that added the most people to their population between July 2016 and July 2017.

1. San Antonio, Texas

2. Phoenix, Arizona

3. Dallas, Texas

4. Fort Worth, Texas

5. Los Angeles, California

6. Seattle, Washington

7. Charlotte, North Carolina

8. Columbus, Ohio

9. Frisco, Texas

10. Atlanta, Georgia

11. San Diego, California

12. Austin, Texas

13. Jacksonville, Florida

14. Irvine, California

15. Henderson, Nevada

Percentage-wise, several small Texas cities have also increased their populations significantly. Though Frisco, Texas, is only No. 9 on the list by straight population numbers, it’s had the largest growth relative to its size—the 13,470 new residents in the city represent an 8.2 percent increase in a year. New Braunfels and Pflugerville, Texas, also saw large gains in population relative to their size, coming in at No. 2 and No. 3 on the list of fastest-growing cities by percentage increase. For comparison, the growth rate for the nation as a whole was 0.7 percent.

Unfortunately, the places that are growing the fastest aren’t necessarily adding new housing at the same rate that they’re adding people. In the last year, the states that added the most new housing were Utah, Idaho, and Colorado, none of which appear on the list above. So if you decide to move to these boomtowns, don’t expect your rent to come cheap.

[h/t Thrillist]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]