In 2015, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area welcomed $17.8 billion in new project starts and added 98,900 jobs. Forbes' Erin Carlyle takes a look at the economic boom that took place in Dallas during the bust that occurred in Houston due to slumping oil prices.

Forbes compiled a list of Building Boom Towns by having Dodge Data sort through the building data for the nations largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas to find 20 places where the most money was spent on construction in 2015. Here was the criteria:

Our list tallies the dollar value of construction starts (breaking ground and actually beginning work) for single- and multi-family homes, office, retail, warehouses, healthcare facilities, educational buildings, manufacturing plants and research facilities, among others. We did not include money spent on public works projects such as bridges, streets and parks, nor on utility construction.

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