Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

El Centro, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 124      Population: 180,190

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 23  59  55  28  17  94  97.19 
1-yr Job Growth2 164  124  32  11  177  97.58 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 18  27  48  68  77  110  97.19 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 36  117  131  107  40  114  98.62 
Short-Term Job Growth5 116  35  17  122  28  10304.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 103  51  19  61  120  91.99 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 62  143  178  160  37  102.76 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 170  160  126  158  185  184  0.23 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 110  71  93  163  177  175  0.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)