Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2008

Bellingham, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 76      Population: 212,280

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 101  82  104  96  57  43  100.42 
1-yr Job Growth2 169  36  77  44  59  32  100.61 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 26  69  37  44  36  104  100.42 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 116  142  79  40  37  172  96.68 
Short-Term Job Growth5 166  27  133  103  30  93  9977.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 34  46  69  92  93  86.37 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 99  104  63  164  180  177  92.49 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 23  31  10  17  0.95 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 6.0