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Small Cities 2015

Athens-Clarke County, GA MSA

Overall Rank: 8      Population: 207,000

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 89  108  82  89  27  31  101.78 
1-yr Job Growth2 68  50  42  40  51  16  101.45 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 101  97  140  138  30  103.17 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 137  115  109  99  78  103.85 
Short-Term Job Growth5 90  146  61  18  67  33  10110.90% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 41  17  169  18  81  62  101.32 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 81  81  114  174  157  28  102.85 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 91  78  106  116  97  87  0.51 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 93  94  80  82  88  82  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)