Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2008

Abilene, TX MSA

Overall Rank: 171      Population: 170,363

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 72  48  93  114  118  169  97.84 
1-yr Job Growth2 143  87  79  84  138  136  94.49 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 36  42  46  56  40  182  95.56 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 127  59  25  55  36  80  97.24 
Short-Term Job Growth5 168  37  59  133  121  162  9842.59% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 74  116  105  72  121  161  96.30 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 68  127  20  83  159  126  89.33 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 95  95  99  105  108  116  0.43 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 71  93  129  125  129  88  2.0