Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2014

Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA MD

Overall Rank: 73      Population: 3,114,363

The 2014 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 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1     182  181  174  133  97.66 
1-yr Job Growth2     154  82  44  49  102.57 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3     174  178  176  165  102.44 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4     180  87  91  43  105.00 
Short-Term Job Growth5     115  58  73  121  99.18% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6     109  107  91  71  98.72 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7     90  122  53  134  99.21 
High-Tech GDP LQ8     30  30  29  28  1.49 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19     16.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)