Best-Performing Cities
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Small 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.

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Rank 2010 Rank 2009 City State
1 10 Fargo, ND-MN ND-MN
2 7 Bismarck, ND ND
3 3 Jacksonville, NC NC
4 14 College Station-Bryan, TX TX
5 5 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA GA
6 27 Morgantown, WV WV
7 4 Tyler, TX TX
8 9 Las Cruces, NM NM
9 22 Iowa City, IA IA
10 10 Lawton, OK OK
11 16 Cheyenne, WY WY
12 25 Ithaca, NY NY
13 12 Sioux Falls, SD SD
14 18 Waco, TX TX
15 2 Longview, TX TX
16 57 Bloomington, IN IN
17 32 State College, PA PA
18 8 Warner Robins, GA GA
19 19 Logan, UT-ID UT-ID
20 26 Charlottesville, VA VA
21 39 St. Joseph, MO-KS MO-KS
22 51 Columbia, MO MO
23 21 Abilene, TX TX
24 24 Hanford-Corcoran, CA CA
25 42 Grand Forks, ND-MN ND-MN
26 11 Pascagoula, MS MS
27 27 Wenatchee, WA WA
28 23 Glens Falls, NY NY
29 47 Hattiesburg, MS MS
30 24 Billings, MT MT
31 19 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA LA
32 60 Athens-Clarke County, GA GA
33 38 Joplin, MO MO
34 34 Fairbanks, AK AK
35 69 Missoula, MT MT
36 34 Auburn-Opelika, AL AL
37 29 Rapid City, SD SD
38 13 Bellingham, WA WA
39 1 Midland, TX TX
40 85 Harrisonburg, VA VA
41 41 Greenville, NC NC
42 17 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR TX-AR
43 43 San Angelo, TX TX
44 36 Bloomington-Normal, IL IL
45 33 Pueblo, CO CO
46 83 Yakima, WA WA
47 47 El Centro, CA CA
48 48 Great Falls, MT MT
49 70 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL FL
50 5 Odessa, TX TX
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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