Elizabethtown boasted the highest percentage growth in personal income of all metropolitan areas nationwide in 2010, according to a government report issued this week.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said Tuesday that personal income, which is income received by all people from all sources, rose in all but four of the nation's 366 metropolitan statistical areas. Average growth nationally was 2.9 percent in 2010, up from a drop of 1.9 percent in 2009. The range was Elizabethtown's growth of 10.1 percent to a drop of 0.9 percent in Grand Junction, Colo.
The bureau credited Elizabethtown's growth to an increase in government earnings, particularly for military personnel. Each of the four metropolitan areas that saw the fastest growth rates nationally had military earnings grow at least 14 percent or more during the year, according to the report.
Lexington reported a 2 percent increase.
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Other Kentucky areas and their growth rates included: Bowling Green, 3.4 percent; Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, 2.6 percent; Clarksville, Tenn., and southwestern Kentucky, 5.2 percent; Evansville, Ind., and Western Kentucky, 3.2 percent; Huntington, W.Va., and Ashland, 3 percent; Louisville, 3.2 percent; and Owensboro, 1.8 percent.