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Large Cities 2014

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ MSA

Overall Rank: 101      Population: 841,000

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 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 48  60  92  116  118  120  98.22 
1-yr Job Growth2 89  158  133  144  125  112  99.68 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 87  89  70  75  139  103  98.27 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 95  91  111  78  104  94  100.41 
Short-Term Job Growth5 54  189  146  183  197  138  9931.15% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 95  107  97  53  63  34  111.48 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 63  16  43  88  106  98.63 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 97  68  73  71  47  47  1.10 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 68  49  89  84  71  88  4.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)