Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2015

Rockford, IL MSA

Overall Rank: 171      Population: 339,376

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 168  180  196  134  139  185  98.08 
1-yr Job Growth2 58  59  187  136  153  163  95.46 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 179  174  177  188  116  152  98.71 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 107  43  117  163  133  135  95.99 
Short-Term Job Growth5 26  197  144  158  68  183  9844.05% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 122  116  49  65  79  110.13 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 83  31  67  187  66  146  89.08 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 137  135  146  155  157  162  0.49 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 84  133  129  114  115  144  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)