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Small Cities 2015

Battle Creek, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 86      Population: 134,310

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 149  125  109  57  55  75  98.27 
1-yr Job Growth2 35  96  115  18  50  87  99.31 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 159  142  145  105  113  102  98.27 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 123  75  173  32  63  76  99.49 
Short-Term Job Growth5 149  112  61  41  42  82  9998.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 92  55  100  45  122  82  86.60 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 174  175  16  15  106.84 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 157  162  155  161  173  162  0.32 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 151  148  168  163  177  129  1.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)