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Small Cities 2012

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 41      Population: 179,900

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.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 121  65  43  46  65  55  99.54 
1-yr Job Growth2 137  28  61  121  61  99.78 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 132  129  123  101  93  82  99.54 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 130  122  38  35  119  78  99.48 
Short-Term Job Growth5 127  18  63  59  118  9919.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 108  69  63  39  104  118  94.75 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 85  45  67  69  177  47  101.72 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 61  47  41  43  52  48  0.69 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 151  71  57  61  48  20  4.0 

2011-2012 Growth Comparison (by score)      
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