Florence tops list for 'Cities on the Rise'

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Florence, AZ, is home to Country Thunder and thousands of prison inmates.

The small town tops a new list for "Cities on the Rise" in Arizona.

CBS 5 News took a closer look at what made Florence top the list.

The report was done by Nerd Wallet, a popular money website that examined the growth in three areas: population, employment and income, using statistics from 2009 to 2012.

Although the population did go up during that time, about 5 percent, the latest census data actually projects a decrease in Florence's population last year.

What's important to note is roughly two-thirds of the population is housed in the area's nine prisons and that's where most of the jobs are.

Other cities listed as 'on the rise' include Queen Creek, Surprise and Buckeye.

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