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Small Cities 2015

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 70      Population: 262,170

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 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 158  142  132  87  66  39  100.77 
1-yr Job Growth2 151  14  127  76  77  41  100.31 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 100  130  132  90  45  71  100.77 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 21  138  57  31  62  129  98.25 
Short-Term Job Growth5 31  117  20  102  138  9884.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 96  133  152  158  188  138  78.69 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 148  120  123  98  179  143  95.99 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 20  27  0.83 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 37  25  40  26  20  4.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)