States with the highest GDP growth
The Great Recession wasn't followed by a great recovery, unfortunately. But there are some bright spots. A handful of states have soared economically during the past few years, booming while some of their neighbors struggle to grow.
Each has its own success story. With few exceptions, though, they seem to have been sparked by the same primary ingredient: fossil fuels.
Surging oil and gasoline prices, a domestic drilling boom, and growing world energy demand have helped energy-rich states outpace the country's 7.3 percent gross domestic product growth from 2007 to 2011. Other sectors have contributed, too, such as agriculture, health care and government.
In order, here are the top-performing states in terms of GDP, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.