The Austin, TX, economic train keeps chugging along.

A LawnStarter analysis of economic projections compiled by IHS Global Insight for the U.S. Conference of Mayors shows that among the 50 U.S. metro areas with the biggest economies, the Austin area’s economy will expand the most from 2015 to 2021. The Austin area’s projected growth rate of 44.12 percent edges the projected rates for two other Texas metro areas — Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston — by less than 1 percentage point.

“Austin is one of the brightest regional economic stars in the United States, with no change anticipated,” economist Jon Hockenyos says in a report for the City of Austin. “Austin remains, relative to its peer communities, a high-value proposition.”

Frost Bank Tower

Frost Bank Tower in Austin, TX
Flickr/Kumar Appaiah

In all, four metro areas in Texas and two in California appear in our top 12.

For this ranking, LawnStarter examined IHS Global Insight’s forecast for the 50 biggest metro economies in the U.S. as gauged by something known as gross metropolitan product (GMP). This yardstick measures the total economic output, in goods and services, for a metro area. A similar yet better-known economic yardstick is gross domestic product (GDP), which counts a nation’s output of goods and services.

Here are the country’s top 12 metro areas for projected growth in GMP from 2015 to 2021.

1. Austin, TX

Austin 360 bridge

360 Bridge in Austin, TX
Flickr/Roy Niswanger

Projected size of economy in 2015: $114.7 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $165.3 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 44.12%

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2. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Dallas TX

Skyline of Dallas, TX
Flickr/Daxis

Projected size of economy in 2015: $486.7 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $698.8 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 43.58%

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3. Houston, TX

Houston TX

Bayou Place in Houston, TX
Flickr/Katie Haugland

Projected size of economy in 2015: $535.1 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $767.7 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 43.47%

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4. Raleigh, NC

Raleigh NC

Skyline of Raleigh, NC
Flickr/James Willamor

Projected size of economy in 2015: $74.3 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $105.4 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 41.86%

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5. Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas

The Strip in Las Vegas, NV
Flickr/Bill Gracey

Projected size of economy in 2015: $101.8 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $143.3 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 40.77%

6. Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix

Skyline of Phoenix, AZ
Flickr/Alan Stark

Projected size of economy in 2015: $228.4 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $321 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 40.54%

7. Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City

Skyline of Salt Lake City, UT
Flickr/Ron Reiring

Projected size of economy in 2015: $82.4 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $115.1 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 39.68%

8. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

San Bernardino CA

Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino, CA
Flickr/A.Davey

Projected size of economy in 2015: $140.7 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $196.4 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 39.59%

9. Orlando, FL

Orlando FL

Lake Eola in Orlando, FL
Flickr/Matthew Paulson

Projected size of economy in 2015: $122.9 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $171.4 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 39.46%

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10. Sacramento, CA

Sacramento CA

Skyline of Sacramento, CA
Flickr/Kevin Cortopassi

Projected size of economy in 2015: $117.8 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $164 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 39.22%

11. San Antonio, TX

San Antonio TX

Skyline of San Antonio, TX
Flickr/Om

Projected size of economy in 2015: $103.9 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $144.4 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 38.98%

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12. Denver, CO

Denver CO

Skyline of Denver, CO
Flickr/Keith

Projected size of economy in 2015: $194.9 billion
Projected size of economy in 2021: $270.8 billion
Projected increase 2015-21: 38.94%

Top photo: Flickr/Don Mason

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