Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Lake Charles, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 23      Population: 205,490

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 75  87  82  106  44  12  106.34 
1-yr Job Growth2 142  135  39  60  102.67 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 23  73  61  60  127  13  106.34 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 122  168  35  37  60  109.12 
Short-Term Job Growth5 28  150  35  16  36  10127.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 120  149  134  125  103  36  86.96 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 65  147  102  124  54  193  88.57 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 145  154  157  159  171  181  0.24 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 151  148  134  129  125  175  0.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)