Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Gainesville, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 10      Population: 193,540

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 40  41  94  80  14  107.69 
1-yr Job Growth2 30  38  26  22  102.99 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 48  113  89  112  107  26  107.69 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 161  88  12  153  22  16  101.75 
Short-Term Job Growth5 152  86  42  31  24  10181.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 135  143  136  126  150  24  88.35 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 115  39  64  71  117  97.57 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 125  135  126  103  121  124  0.40 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 73  109  93  94  80  82  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)