Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2014

Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 75      Population: 810,570

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 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 109  108  109  96  66  56  102.20 
1-yr Job Growth2 123  146  72  88  58  63  100.68 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 62  78  117  105  107  107  96.72 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 53  158  157  78  88  68  99.98 
Short-Term Job Growth5 141  38  61  152  121  83  10042.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 114  103  106  141  146  94  97.94 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 91  120  157  133  82  42  101.24 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 158  158  159  166  170  160  0.48 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 130  160  133  163  175  143  2.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)