Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2011

The 2011 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 2011 Rank 2010 City State
1 14 San Antonio, TX TX
2 9 El Paso, TX TX
3 50 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO CO
4 2 Austin-Round Rock, TX TX
5 1 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX TX
6 49 Salt Lake City, UT UT
7 8 Anchorage, AK AK
8 3 Huntsville, AL AL
9 25 Provo-Orem, UT UT
10 5 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA WA
11 19 Charleston-North Charleston, SC SC
12 22 Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA MA
13 28 Cedar Rapids, IA IA
14 7 Raleigh-Cary, NC NC
15 53 Ogden-Clearfield, UT UT
16 10 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX TX
17 6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV DC-VA-MD-WV
18 4 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX TX
19 93 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR AR
20 17 Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX TX
21 20 Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD MD
22 46 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA NE-IA
23 31 Madison, WI WI
24 23 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX TX
25 24 Lubbock, TX TX
26 43 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO AR-MO
27 37 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA WA
28 13 Btrnsville-Harlingen, TX TX
29 45 Columbus, GA-AL GA-AL
30 39 Clarksville, TN-KY TN-KY
31 30 Baltimore-Towson, MD
32 94 York-Hanover, PA PA
33 15 Durham, NC NC
34 59 Mobile, AL AL
35 54 Lincoln, NE NE
36 18 Fayetteville, NC NC
37 32 Pittsburgh, PA PA
38 34 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA LA
39 12 Trenton-Ewing, NJ NJ
40 75 Peabody, MA MA
41 129 Worcester, MA MA
42 84 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN TN
43 55 Honolulu, HI HI
44 63 Denver-Aurora, CO CO
45 100 Lexington-Fayette, KY KY
46 29 Corpus Christi, TX TX
47 27 Bakersfield, CA CA
48 61 Charleston, WV WV
49 83 Philadelphia, PA PA
50 21 Oklahoma City, OK OK
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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