Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2014

Charleston, WV MSA

Overall Rank: 192      Population: 302,952

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     58  64  80  167  95.96 
1-yr Job Growth2     109  169  182  197  99.20 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3     44  44  35  51  112.07 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4     18  168  39  183  101.01 
Short-Term Job Growth5     39  161  185  154  98.64% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6     125  73  171  190  76.86 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7     117  119  197  105  100.44 
High-Tech GDP LQ8     147  141  165  173  0.43 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19     130  131  186  187  1.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)