Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2015

Reading, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 126      Population: 415,270

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 80  82  96  131  119  133  97.32 
1-yr Job Growth2 28  43  133  177  100  126  99.54 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 99  75  106  108  129  115  96.51 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 114  101  100  124  165  60  100.12 
Short-Term Job Growth5 56  133  116  185  110  156  9925.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 148  130  76  145  142  137  91.54 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 102  143  175  157  109  95  98.82 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 140  138  127  121  124  128  0.61 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 130  160  133  129  114  115  3.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)