Texans are famously fond of claiming that things are bigger and better in the Lone Star state, and maybe they’re right. Forbes reports that Texas boasts the nation’s top three fastest-growing cities in both people and economic health.

Forbes analyzed the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA). The analysis included several factors such as the area’s estimated rate of population growth for 2012 and 2013, the rate of job growth in 2012, overall economic growth for 2012, as well as unemployment rates and median salaries.

The results: Texas eyes are smiling. Three Texas cities – Austin, Houston and Dallas – top the list when all factors are averaged in.

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