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Small Cities 2014

Ames, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 11      Population: 96,020

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 53  50  33  23  24  22  103.08 
1-yr Job Growth2 81  68  76  42  19  38  100.44 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 56  55  54  50  48  41  103.08 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 29  114  113  39  45  14  102.17 
Short-Term Job Growth5 153  30  112  38  10  115  9924.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 155  169  78  36  11  115  118.79 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 54  74  36  15  53  57  101.01 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 125  121  95  90  103  89  0.51 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 110  109  134  94  48  20  4.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)      
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