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Large Cities 2015

Merced, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 89      Population: 268,460

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 135  97  92  49  42  90  99.62 
1-yr Job Growth2 33  132  98  41  29  108  99.85 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 49  54  116  104  52  98  97.23 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 12  156  200  61  101  99.51 
Short-Term Job Growth5 130  170  105  173  161  41  10108.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 76  18  116.41 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 196  113  98.22 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 196  171  190  194  194  197  0.31 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 183  131  161  163  175  143  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)