Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2014

Merced, CA MSA

Overall Rank: 94      Population: 268,672

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 97  92  49  42  90  65  100.91 
1-yr Job Growth2 132  98  41  29  108  78  101.57 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 54  116  104  52  98  14  103.08 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 156  200  61  101  60  101.46 
Short-Term Job Growth5 170  105  173  161  41  96  10023.38% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 18  177  94.73 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 196  113  177  81.23 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 171  190  194  194  197  199  0.22 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 131  161  163  175  143  178  1.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)