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Small Cities 2015

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 38      Population: 207,410

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 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1         51  17  104.34 
1-yr Job Growth2         17  10  101.49 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3         175  137  104.34 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4         79  94  99.20 
Short-Term Job Growth5         111  38  10124.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6         28  38  98.06 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7         25  14  107.28 
High-Tech GDP LQ8         176  169  0.30 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19         125  129  1.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)