Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2014

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC MSA

Overall Rank: 103      Population: 364,187

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 194  198  198  182  180  88  100.55 
1-yr Job Growth2 153  176  156  151  148  151  96.43 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 192  193  192  196  158  45  101.39 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 92  99  176  132  149  134  96.01 
Short-Term Job Growth5 154  164  126  168  194  132  9961.32% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 134  152  23  186  93.85 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 58  15  134  140  125.27 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 139  147  110  105  110  95  0.77 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 84  68  83  37  48  32  8.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)