Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2008

Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 54      Population: 277,970

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 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 24  98  154  161  116  68  101.33 
1-yr Job Growth2 159  158  86  72  39  37  101.18 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 20  43  66  148  150  129  96.03 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 90  148  91  184  47  43  100.56 
Short-Term Job Growth5 176  196  58  15  117  151  9929.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 41  27  75  79  74  27  110.17 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 125  43  155  63  41  35  102.01 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 72  78  85  90  47  45  1.12 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 70  63  68  83  89  63  5.0