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Small Cities 2015

Carbondale-Marion, IL MSA

Overall Rank: 154      Population: 126,000

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     169  130  143  125  94.51 
1-yr Job Growth2     173  47  131  164  97.97 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3     35  100  126  138  92.72 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4     93  142  135  139  98.67 
Short-Term Job Growth5     58  197  48  198  9667.08% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6     38  197  34  14  118.71 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7     31  26  24  89  99.59 
High-Tech GDP LQ8     119  119  124  116  0.42 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19     26  20  28  20  4.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)