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Small Cities 2015

Charleston, WV MSA

Overall Rank: 186      Population: 215,000

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 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1     181  191  187  194  85.74 
1-yr Job Growth2     183  195  195  192  97.07 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3     148  189  183  193  80.72 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4     195  174  187  184  95.80 
Short-Term Job Growth5     161  152  128  190  9728.96% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6     162  152  22  51  103.55 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7     39  97  68  24  103.23 
High-Tech GDP LQ8     123  112  111  112  0.43 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19     125  47  48  126  1.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)