Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2015

Akron, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 124      Population: 704,240

The 2015 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 157  146  137  169  139  120  98.09 
1-yr Job Growth2 117  114  106  147  119  106  99.87 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 175  163  139  122  154  101  97.10 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 152  97  119  79  164  96  99.55 
Short-Term Job Growth5 11  165  74  109  167  159  9915.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 51  112  131  133  92  92  98.31 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 121  116  92  86  83  80  99.31 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 142  147  138  145  143  138  0.56 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 159  160  186  163  144  143  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)