Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2015

Fort Smith, AR-OK Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 191      Population: 280,240

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 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1   100  169  194  191  193  91.91 
1-yr Job Growth2   108  200  195  167  178  98.48 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3   117  133  152  174  173  92.79 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4   159  83  154  188  140  98.71 
Short-Term Job Growth5   108  200  153  194  181  9839.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6   105  179  179  22  38  107.54 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7   142  193  155  80  197  91.17 
High-Tech GDP LQ8   197  199  189  180  194  0.34 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19   159  189  83  114  143  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)