Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Beckley, WV MSA

Overall Rank: 200      Population: 120,924

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 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1       170  194  194  95.33 
1-yr Job Growth2       195  196  200  83.34 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3       67  170  194  93.04 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4       196  198  194  82.69 
Short-Term Job Growth5       168  189  201  9552.07% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6       184  189  141  98.19 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7       186  100  192  67.89 
High-Tech GDP LQ8       156  155  149  0.35 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19       177  175  135  1.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)