Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2012

The 2012 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.

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Rank 2012 Rank 2011 City State
1 1 Logan, UT-ID UT
2 3 Morgantown, WV WV
3 2 Bismarck, ND ND
4 34 Odessa, TX TX
5 7 Fargo, ND-MN ND-MN
6 9 Longview, TX TX
7 10 State College, PA PA
8 22 Midland, TX TX
9 20 Tyler, TX TX
10 25 Columbia, MO MO
11 14 Charlottesville, VA VA
12 31 Cumberland, MD-WV MD-WV
13 15 Dubuque, IA IA
14 27 Sioux Falls, SD SD
15 112 Columbus, IN IN
16 8 Iowa City, IA IA
17 17 Amarillo, TX TX
18 61 San Angelo, TX TX
19 43 Williamsport, PA PA
20 95 Glens Falls, NY NY
21 13 Las Cruces, NM NM
22 18 Harrisonburg, VA VA
23 47 Victoria, TX TX
24 6 Lebanon, PA PA
25 80 Hanford-Corcoran, CA CA
26 92 Casper, WY WY
27 48 Cheyenne, WY WY
28 26 Burlington-South Burlington, VT VT
29 51 St. Joseph, MO-KS MO-KS
30 36 Greenville, NC NC
31 12 Waco, TX TX
32 160 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA VA
33 21 Pueblo, CO CO
34 17 Elizabethtown, KY KY
35 104 Bellingham, WA WA
36 54 Elmira, NY NY
37 96 Lafayette, IN IN
38 33 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA LA
39 101 Gainesville, GA GA
40 87 Owensboro, KY KY
41 72 Rapid City, SD SD
42 70 Rochester, MN MN
43 52 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI WI
44 71 Joplin, MO MO
45 23 Jacksonville, NC NC
46 41 Corvallis, OR OR
47 134 Burlington, NC NC
48 78 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA IA
49 127 Danville, VA WA
50 117 Grand Junction, CO CO
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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