Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2013

Bellingham, WA MSA

Overall Rank: 8      Population: 216,800

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 82  104  96  57  43  24  101.16 
1-yr Job Growth2 36  77  44  59  32  29  102.47 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 69  37  44  36  104  24  100.98 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 142  79  40  37  172  60  98.58 
Short-Term Job Growth5 27  133  103  30  93  34  10126.70% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 46  69  92  93  42  103.17 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 104  63  164  180  177  138  85.86 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 31  10  17  20  0.93 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 7.0 

2012-2013 Growth Comparison (by score)      
2013  
2012  

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