Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2015

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 12      Population: 2,426,360

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 38  40  61  51  25  23  106.47 
1-yr Job Growth2 130  21  17  48  23  25  101.55 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 70  79  88  70  36  11  108.13 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 179  19  19  19  34  20  101.75 
Short-Term Job Growth5 128  111  53  52  51  10084.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 31  48  54  51  76  62  102.83 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 132  41  76  45  79  33  102.22 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 111  106  112  99  96  94  0.77 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 103  131  91  83  37  63  5.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)