Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Carbondale-Marion, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 109      Population: 126,830

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         169  130  95.04 
1-yr Job Growth2         173  47  100.22 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3         35  100  95.04 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4         93  142  97.85 
Short-Term Job Growth5         58  197  9592.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6         38  197  112.61 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7         31  26  104.90 
High-Tech GDP LQ8         119  119  0.42 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19         26  20  4.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)