Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2008

The 2008 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary, and technology growth. In most years, these give a good indication of the underlying structural performance of regional economics.

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Rank 2008 Rank 2007 City State
1 8 Provo-Orem, UT UT
2 10 Raleigh-Cary, NC NC
3 18 Salt Lake City, UT UT
4 20 Austin-Round Rock, TX TX
5 16 Huntsville, AL AL
6 2 Wilmington, NC NC
7 7 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX TX
8 50 Tacoma, WA WA
9 37 Olympia, WA WA
10 12 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC SC
11 5 Orlando-Kissimmee, FL FL
12 17 Bakersfield, CA CA
13 33 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX TX
14 24 Lafayette, LA LA
15 43 San Antonio, TX TX
16 32 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX TX
17 77 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA WA
18 42 Ogden-Clearfield, UT UT
19 11 Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC SC
20 29 Greeley, CO CO
21 74 Durham, NC NC
22 61 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN TN
23 59 Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX TX
24 34 Savannah, GA GA
25 58 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA IA
26 23 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC NC
27 19 Boise City-Nampa, ID ID
28 38 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA OR-WA
29 60 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX TX
30 1 Ocala, FL FL
31 31 Albuquerque, NM NM
32 4 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ AZ
33 54 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL FL
34 52 Gainesville, FL FL
35 81 Spokane, WA WA
36 69 Columbia, SC SC
37 122 El Paso, TX TX
38 76 Montgomery, AL AL
39 39 Jacksonville, FL FL
40 67 Baton Rouge, LA LA
41 37 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV DC-VA-MD-WV
42 47 Springfield, MO MO
43 68 Peoria, IL IL
44 106 Denver-Aurora, CO CO
45 114 Wichita, KS KS
46 117 Asheville, NC NC
47 66 Fresno, CA CA
48 75 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO CO
49 89 Amarillo, TX TX
50 108 Oklahoma City, OK OK
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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