Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2015

Waco, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 70      Population: 262,430

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 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1         173  142  96.78 
1-yr Job Growth2         141  101  99.96 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3         35  99  97.18 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4         117  98  99.53 
Short-Term Job Growth5         159  64  10061.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6         14  20  114.32 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7         100  30  102.36 
High-Tech GDP LQ8         46  42  1.16 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19         26  21  8.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)