Nevada grew at an impressive 5.4% on the back of its gaming and tourism industry which continue to recover and improve since the recession. The state is able to draft off of California’s huge population by offering lower tax rates and less regulation for businesses. That has encouraged some Californians to move to the state to set-up shop. Downtown Las Vegas is undergoing a high-tech renaissance. The suburbs are also seeing new influxes of retirees. Lastly, the state continues to be a destination for Mexicans and other South Americans who contribute to the economy through increased spending.