Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2010

The 2010 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.

Click on any of the links across the top to re-rank the metros by that category.

Rank 2010 Rank 2009 City State
1 2 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX TX
2 1 Austin-Round Rock, TX TX
3 8 Huntsville, AL AL
4 4 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX TX
5 5 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA WA
6 25 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV DC-VA-MD-WB
7 10 Raleigh-Cary, NC NC
8 40 Anchorage, AK AK
9 14 El Paso, TX TX
10 5 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX TX
11 9 Lafayette, LA LA
12 46 Trenton-Ewing, NJ NJ
13 70 Btrnsville-Harlingen, TX TX
14 11 San Antonio, TX TX
15 6 Durham, NC NC
16 35 Amarillo, TX TX
17 13 Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX TX
18 31 Fayetteville, NC NC
19 30 Charleston-North Charleston, SC SC
20 51 Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD MD
21 26 Oklahoma City, OK OK
22 45 Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA MA
23 12 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX TX
24 29 Lubbock, TX TX
25 28 Provo-Orem, UT UT
26 18 Baton Rouge, LA LA
27 36 Bakersfield, CA CA
28 57 Cedar Rapids, IA IA
29 16 Corpus Christi, TX TX
30 64 Baltimore-Towson, MD
31 63 Madison, WI WI
32 109 Pittsburgh, PA PA
33 53 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA IA
34 24 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA LA
35 60 Lynchburg, VA VA
36 7 Olympia, WA WA
37 17 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA WA
38 19 Tulsa, OK OK
39 136 Clarksville, TN-KY KY
40 39 Savannah, GA GA
41 72 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY NY
42 61 Boston-Quincy, MA MA
43 27 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO AR-MO
44 128 St. Louis, MO-IL MO-IL
45 112 Columbus, GA-AL GA-AL
46 66 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA NE-IA
47 21 Tacoma, WA WA
48 38 New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ NY-NY
49 3 Salt Lake City, UT UT
50 22 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO CO
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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