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Small Cities 2015

Ames, IA MSA

Overall Rank: 54      Population: 98,000

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 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 33  23  24  22  149  40  100.64 
1-yr Job Growth2 76  42  19  38  37  69  99.76 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 54  50  48  41  57  44  101.61 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 113  39  45  14  29  142  98.54 
Short-Term Job Growth5 112  38  10  115  13  52  10058.85% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 78  36  11  115  121  36  108.67 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 36  15  53  57  15  160  95.78 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 95  90  103  89  75  77  0.53 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 134  94  48  20  48  44  3.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)