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Small Cities 2015

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA MSA

Overall Rank: 117      Population: 182,000

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 43  46  65  55  129  129  94.28 
1-yr Job Growth2 28  61  121  61  88  159  98.02 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 123  101  93  82  109  98  96.35 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 38  35  119  78  73  144  98.47 
Short-Term Job Growth5 18  63  59  118  35  72  10017.06% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 63  39  104  118  62  141  85.81 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 67  69  177  47  93  145  97.07 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 41  43  52  48  49  52  0.63 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 57  61  48  20  28  6.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)