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Large Cities 2014

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA MSA

Overall Rank: 31      Population: 274,673

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 170  179  103  63  55  75  100.77 
1-yr Job Growth2 64  65  12  49  50  44  104.38 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 159  173  169  71  121  27  101.92 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 164  119  77  13  59  72  99.88 
Short-Term Job Growth5 40  180  96  63  10062.03% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 180  113  31  16  13  132  98.81 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 138  176  54  70  14  121.04 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 75  69  67  56  54  55  1.08 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 36  24  83  37  37  40  7.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)