Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Charleston, WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 190      Population: 219,240

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 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1         181  191  89.58 
1-yr Job Growth2         183  195  96.47 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3         148  189  89.58 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4         195  174  96.53 
Short-Term Job Growth5         161  152  9847.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6         162  152  90.76 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7         39  97  98.32 
High-Tech GDP LQ8         123  112  0.45 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19         125  47  3.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)