Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Dalton, GA MSA

Overall Rank: 107      Population: 143,904

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 178  179  179  173  147  76  99.70 
1-yr Job Growth2 155  179  148  11  49  107  96.40 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 175  176  178  192  108  114  98.66 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 89  168  140  114  15  126  93.43 
Short-Term Job Growth5 179  124  141  74  130  107  9969.90% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 172  175  169  165  130  100  100.02 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 15  141  128  130  112  171  77.75 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 26  33  20  35  40  34  0.74 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 109  93  40  80  82  88  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)