Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2014

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA MSA

Overall Rank: 65      Population: 182,876

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 65  43  46  65  55  129  98.78 
1-yr Job Growth2 28  61  121  61  88  97.61 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 129  123  101  93  82  109  98.77 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 122  38  35  119  78  73  97.74 
Short-Term Job Growth5 18  63  59  118  35  10124.87% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 69  63  39  104  118  62  102.17 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 45  67  69  177  47  93  94.92 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 47  41  43  52  48  49  0.69 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 71  57  61  48  20  28  4.0 

2013-2014 Growth Comparison (by score)      
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