Best-Performing Cities
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Small 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.

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Rank 2011 Rank 2010 City State
1 19 Logan, UT-ID UT-ID
2 2 Bismarck, ND ND
3 6 Morgantown, WV WV
4 4 College Station-Bryan, TX TX
5 12 Ithaca, NY NY
6 70 Lebanon, PA PA
7 1 Fargo, ND-MN ND-MN
8 9 Iowa City, IA IA
9 15 Longview, TX TX
10 17 State College, PA PA
11 18 Warner Robins, GA GA
12 14 Waco, TX TX
13 8 Las Cruces, NM NM
14 20 Charlottesville, VA VA
15 55 Dubuque, IA IA
16 48 Great Falls, MT MT
17 53 Elizabethtown, KY KY
18 40 Harrisonburg, VA VA
19 36 Auburn-Opelika, AL AL
20 7 Tyler, TX TX
21 45 Pueblo, CO CO
22 39 Midland, TX TX
23 3 Jacksonville, NC NC
24 25 Grand Forks, ND-MN ND-MN
25 22 Columbia, MO MO
26 71 Burlington-South Burlington, VT VT
27 13 Sioux Falls, SD SD
28 68 Johnstown, PA PA
29 5 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA GA
30 27 Wenatchee, WA WA
31 62 Cumberland, MD-WV MD-WV
32 34 Fairbanks, AK AK
33 31 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA LA
34 50 Odessa, TX TX
35 42 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR TX-AR
36 41 Greenville, NC NC
37 30 Billings, MT MT
38 63 Laredo, TX TX
39 100 Eau Claire, WI WI
40 26 Pascagoula, MS MS
41 134 Corvallis, OR OR
42 10 Lawton, OK OK
43 130 Williamsport, PA PA
44 44 Bloomington-Normal, IL IL
45 72 Springfield, IL IL
46 52 Altoona, PA PA
47 69 Victoria, TX TX
48 11 Cheyenne, WY WY
49 16 Bloomington, IN IN
50 29 Hattiesburg, MS MS
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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