Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2009

The 2009 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 2009 Rank 2008 City State
1 1 Midland, TX TX
2 7 Longview, TX TX
3 5 Grand Junction, CO CO
4 26 Tyler, TX TX
5 10 Odessa, TX TX
6 29 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA WA
7 15 Bismarck, ND ND
8 6 Warner Robins, GA GA
9 11 Las Cruces, NM NM
10 17 Fargo, ND-MN ND-MN
11 45 Pascagoula, MS MS
12 23 Sioux Falls, SD SD
13 8 Bellingham, WA WA
14 38 College Station-Bryan, TX TX
15 2 Coeur d'Alene, ID ID
16 12 Cheyenne, WY WY
17 81 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR TX-AR
18 27 Waco, TX TX
19 16 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA LA
20 44 Laredo, TX TX
21 40 Abilene, TX TX
22 25 Iowa City, IA IA
23 72 Glens Falls, NY NY
24 24 Billings, MT MT
25 64 Ithaca, NY NY
26 18 Charlottesville, VA VA
27 28 Morgantown, WV WV
28 3 Bend, OR OR
29 66 Rapid City, SD SD
30 4 St. George, UT UT
31 78 Alexandria, LA LA
32 47 State College, PA PA
33 43 Pueblo, CO CO
34 19 Auburn-Opelika, AL AL
35 14 Santa Fe, NM NM
36 80 Bloomington-Normal, IL IL
37 106 Topeka, KS KS
38 60 Joplin, MO MO
39 35 St. Joseph, MO-KS MO-KS
40 13 Yuma, AZ AZ
41 22 Greenville, NC NC
42 50 Grand Forks, ND-MN ND-MN
43 41 Salisbury, MD MD
44 54 Dubuque, IA IA
45 48 Johnson City, TN TN
46 46 Rochester, MN MN
47 31 Hattiesburg, MS MS
48 42 Tuscaloosa, AL AL
49 92 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA VA
50 9 Prescott, AZ AZ
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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