Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2013

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 167      Population: 362,510

The 2013 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 195  194  198  198  182  180  94.61 
1-yr Job Growth2 150  153  176  156  151  148  99.11 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 195  192  193  192  196  158  94.28 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 195  92  99  176  132  149  98.52 
Short-Term Job Growth5 186  154  164  126  168  194  9764.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 40  134  152  23  112.25 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 34  58  15  134  140  96.74 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 144  139  147  110  105  110  0.67 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 87  84  68  83  37  48  6.0 

2012-2013 Growth Comparison (by score)

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