Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2008

Wilmington, NC MSA

Overall Rank: 35      Population: 282,573

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 98  154  161  116  68  53  101.23 
1-yr Job Growth2 158  86  72  39  37  46  104.18 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 43  66  148  150  129  65  100.84 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 148  91  184  47  43  92  98.72 
Short-Term Job Growth5 196  58  15  117  151  59  10071.71% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 27  75  79  74  27  111  100.09 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 43  155  63  41  35  23  117.12 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 78  85  90  47  45  36  1.28 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 63  68  83  89  63  54  6.0