Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Charleston, WV MSA

Overall Rank: 175      Population: 217,916

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       181  191  187  96.57 
1-yr Job Growth2       183  195  195  87.33 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3       148  189  183  95.48 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4       195  174  187  84.42 
Short-Term Job Growth5       161  152  128  9932.27% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6       162  152  22  106.47 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7       39  97  68  100.29 
High-Tech GDP LQ8       123  112  111  0.45 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19       125  47  48  3.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)