Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2012

Gainesville, GA MSA

Overall Rank: 3      Population: 196,637

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 41  94  80  14  18  101.55 
1-yr Job Growth2 38  26  22  108.72 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 113  89  112  107  26  104.18 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 88  12  153  22  16  12  107.88 
Short-Term Job Growth5 86  42  31  24  28  10139.68% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 143  136  126  150  24  117.51 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 39  64  71  117  46  106.93 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 135  126  103  121  124  101  0.47 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 109  93  94  80  82  88  2.0 

2011-2012 Growth Comparison (by score)      
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