Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2014

Rockford, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 125      Population: 340,660

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 165  168  180  196  134  139  97.02 
1-yr Job Growth2 80  58  59  187  136  153  99.07 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 178  179  174  177  188  116  96.50 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 186  107  43  117  163  133  98.79 
Short-Term Job Growth5 137  26  197  144  158  68  10058.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 85  122  116  49  65  79  99.81 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 110  83  31  67  187  66  100.21 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 137  137  135  146  155  157  0.50 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 103  84  133  129  114  115  3.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)