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Small Cities 2008

Abilene, TX MSA

Overall Rank: 139      Population: 170,000

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 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 48  93  114  118  169  117  95.11 
1-yr Job Growth2 87  79  84  138  136  70  99.72 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 42  46  56  40  182  121  94.59 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 59  25  55  36  80  178  96.84 
Short-Term Job Growth5 37  59  133  121  162  56  10052.99% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 116  105  72  121  161  148  84.02 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 127  20  83  159  126  182  93.86 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 95  99  105  108  116  133  0.37 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 93  129  125  129  88  126  1.0