Do you wonder how the government slips in those supposedly bullish data points about the economy, when everywhere you go you hear average people talking about how bad things are?
Answer: The American military is in a major growth mode.
According to the Commerce Department, on average, personal income dropped 1.8% in the U.S. in 2009. BUT, not all cities faced a downturn in personal income. Here are the cities that were the top gainers in personal income in 2009:
Jacksonville NC up 11.9% [Home of U.S. Marine Corps Base: Fort Lejeune]
Fayetville, NC up 4.8% [Home of U.S. Army Base: Ft Bragg]
Manhattan, KS up 4.8% [ Home of U.S. Army Base: Fort Riley]
Kileen-Temple-Fort Hood TX up 4.6% [Home of U.S. Army Base: Ft Hood]
Cumberland, MD up 4.4% [No obvious military connection]
Lawton, OK up 4.2% [Home of U.S. Army Base: Ft Sill]
Elizabethtown, KY up 4.2% [Home of military installation at Fort Knox]