Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

New Bern, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 153      Population: 125,070

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         164  148  93.82 
1-yr Job Growth2         103  62  99.77 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3         136  175  93.82 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4         188  149  97.72 
Short-Term Job Growth5         149  105  9940.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6         105  105  84.17 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7         112  69  99.85 
High-Tech GDP LQ8         149  140  0.36 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19         177  129  1.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)