Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2015

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 47      Population: 274,150

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 181  170  179  103  63  55  102.35 
1-yr Job Growth2 195  64  65  12  49  50  100.95 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 179  159  173  169  71  121  96.37 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 154  164  119  77  13  59  100.16 
Short-Term Job Growth5 23  40  180  96  10019.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 175  180  113  31  16  13  118.30 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 13  138  176  54  70  99.92 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 70  75  69  67  56  54  1.07 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 70  36  24  83  37  37  7.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)