Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2012

The 2012 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 2012 Rank 2011 City State
1 51 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA CA
2 4 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX TX
3 14 Raleigh-Cary, NC NC
4 16 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX TX
5 17 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV DC-VA-MD-WV
6 6 Salt Lake City, UT UT
7 9 Provo-Orem, UT UT
8 12 Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA MA
9 11 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC SC
10 24 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX TX
11 75 New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ NY-NJ
12 3 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO CO
13 27 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA WA
14 20 Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX TX
15 59 Boulder, CO CO
16 10 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA WA
17 40 Peabody, MA MA
18 2 El Paso, TX TX
19 47 Bakersfield-Delano, CA CA
20 25 Lubbock, TX TX
21 33 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC NC
22 1 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX TX
23 65 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA OR-WA
24 93 Lafayette, LA LA
25 58 Knoxville, TN TN
26 26 Laredo, TX TX
27 42 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN TN
28 39 enton-Ewing, NJ NJ
29 28 Btrnsville-Harlingen, TX TX
30 44 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO CO
31 31 Baltimore-Towson, MD
32 50 Oklahoma City, OK OK
33 37 Pittsburgh, PA PA
34 41 Worcester, MA MA
35 114 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC NC-SC
36 52 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA CA
37 29 Columbus, GA-AL GA-AL
38 18 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX TX
39 21 Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD MD
40 148 Holland-Grand Haven, MI MI
41 26 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO AR-MO
42 62 Greeley, CO CO
43 30 Clarksville, TN-KY TN-KY
44 46 Corpus Christi, TX TX
45 101 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA LA
46 53 Boston-Quincy, MA MA
47 7 Anchorage, AK AK
48 84 Nassau-Suffolk, NY NY
49 143 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI MN-WI
50 15 Ogden-Clearfield, UT UT
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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