Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2015

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL MSA

Overall Rank: 70      Population: 666,149

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 179  184  175  151  84  43  101.49 
1-yr Job Growth2 192  125  62  80  43  58  103.32 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 171  184  179  166  153  92  100.17 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 176  187  121  41  108  121  96.86 
Short-Term Job Growth5 139  179  119  134  28  10139.50% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 177  177  184  130  65  11  108.51 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 185  114  182  11  59  26  114.72 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 196  195  197  195  195  190  0.37 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 189  199  197  175  177  178  1.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)