Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2009

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 38      Population: 444,770

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.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 150  127  102  77  62  63  101.53 
1-yr Job Growth2 159  41  52  51  79  91  100.07 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 105  135  104  76  60  72  98.69 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 63  152  79  39  112  80  99.77 
Short-Term Job Growth5 117  71  70  107  21  79  10047.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 81  30  59  25  20  16  117.02 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 40  51  66  82  104  11  104.57 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 29  24  24  26  22  19  1.60 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 13  12  14.0 

2008-2009 Growth Comparison (by score)

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