Best-Performing Cities
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Small 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 3 Midland, TX TX
2 6 Coeur d'Alene, ID ID
3 1 Bend, OR OR
4 2 St. George, UT UT
5 18 Grand Junction, CO CO
6 10 Warner Robins, GA GA
7 30 Longview, TX TX
8 14 Bellingham, WA WA
9 7 Prescott, AZ AZ
10 27 Odessa, TX TX
11 17 Las Cruces, NM NM
12 47 Cheyenne, WY WY
13 32 Yuma, AZ AZ
14 81 Santa Fe, NM NM
15 42 Bismarck, ND ND
16 33 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA LA
17 36 Fargo, ND-MN ND-MN
18 12 Charlottesville, VA VA
19 29 Auburn-Opelika, AL AL
20 54 Gainesville, GA GA
21 5 Winchester, VA-WV VA-WV
22 43 Greenville, NC NC
23 35 Sioux Falls, SD SD
24 41 Billings, MT MT
25 25 Iowa City, IA IA
26 38 Tyler, TX TX
27 56 Waco, TX TX
28 24 Morgantown, WV WV
29 69 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA WA
30 13 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL FL
31 31 Hattiesburg, MS MS
32 20 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL FL
33 46 Bowling Green, KY KY
34 57 Anniston-Oxford, AL AL
35 51 St. Joseph, MO-KS MO-KS
36 16 Harrisonburg, VA VA
37 79 Athens-Clarke County, GA GA
38 67 College Station-Bryan, TX TX
39 26 Medford, OR OR
40 78 Abilene, TX TX
41 23 Salisbury, MD MD
42 50 Tuscaloosa, AL AL
43 130 Pueblo, CO CO
44 28 Laredo, TX TX
45 109 Pascagoula, MS MS
46 75 Rochester, MN MN
47 88 State College, PA PA
48 70 Johnson City, TN TN
49 45 Dover, DE DE
50 90 Grand Forks, ND-MN ND-MN
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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