Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2009

The 2009 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.

Click on any of the links across the top to re-rank the metros by that category.

Rank 2009 Rank 2008 City State
1 4 Austin-Round Rock, TX TX
2 13 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX TX
3 3 Salt Lake City, UT UT
4 7 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX TX
5 16 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX TX
6 21 Durham, NC NC
7 9 Olympia, WA WA
8 5 Huntsville, AL AL
9 14 Lafayette, LA LA
10 2 Raleigh-Cary, NC NC
11 15 San Antonio, TX TX
12 29 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX TX
13 23 Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX TX
14 37 El Paso, TX TX
15 45 Wichita, KS KS
16 88 Corpus Christi, TX TX
17 17 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA WA
18 40 Baton Rouge, LA LA
19 72 Tulsa, OK OK
20 20 Greeley, CO CO
21 8 Tacoma, WA WA
22 48 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO CO
23 54 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR AR
24 67 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA LA
25 41 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV DC-VA-MD-WV
26 50 Oklahoma City, OK OK
27 57 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO AR-MO
28 1 Provo-Orem, UT UT
29 56 Lubbock, TX TX
30 10 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC SC
31 52 Fayetteville, NC NC
32 18 Ogden-Clearfield, UT UT
33 43 Peoria, IL IL
34 6 Wilmington, NC NC
35 49 Amarillo, TX TX
36 12 Bakersfield, CA CA
37 28 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA OR-WA
38 85 New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ NY-NJ
39 24 Savannah, GA GA
40 63 Anchorage, AK AK
41 35 Spokane, WA WA
42 31 Albuquerque, NM NM
43 100 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA CA
44 95 Boulder, CO CO
45 139 Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA MA
46 62 Trenton-Ewing, NJ NJ
47 26 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC NC-SC
48 149 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT CT
49 93 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT CT
50 84 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA CA
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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