Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Jacksonville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 160      Population: 186,310

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 11  25  96  142  94.02 
1-yr Job Growth2 48  150  91  64  100  162  97.96 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 28  178  94.02 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 14  148  167  186  189  95.40 
Short-Term Job Growth5 168  79  50  96  86  64  10032.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 30  32  51  64  102.63 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 24  155  152  39  63  115  97.61 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 153  155  136  117  132  129  0.39 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 171  174  93  94  80  82  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)