Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2008

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO MSA

Overall Rank: 23      Population: 2,853,077

The 2008 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.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 45  44  31  16  16  71  100.83 
1-yr Job Growth2 52  30  14  18  24  19  107.96 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 59  56  44  32  22  50  101.28 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 96  52  16  55  10  18  107.19 
Short-Term Job Growth5 34  30  57  81  23  79  10042.62% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 70  87  80  99  120  43  103.46 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 139  100  77  97  164  103  99.71 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 17  19  27  27  28  31  1.32 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 11  19  10  19  16  16  10.0