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Large Cities 2015

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 106      Population: 832,330

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 61  55  48  60  92  116  98.40 
1-yr Job Growth2 48  60  89  158  133  144  99.21 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 97  89  87  89  70  75  98.55 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 75  76  95  91  111  78  99.77 
Short-Term Job Growth5 84  120  54  189  146  183  9836.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 133  108  95  107  97  53  104.85 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 192  100  63  16  43  88  99.16 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 95  97  97  68  73  71  0.91 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 42  63  68  49  89  84  4.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)