Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Rapid City, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 70      Population: 145,460

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 46  32  27  30  72  93  97.19 
1-yr Job Growth2 102  44  107  82  87  156  98.26 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 62  43  30  27  30  58  97.19 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 33  50  53  59  85  87  99.29 
Short-Term Job Growth5 117  70  96  159  84  70  10025.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 79  92  67  91  43  70  107.16 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 124  125  30  152  32  59  100.82 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 133  137  119  130  125  128  0.39 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 110  109  57  94  80  47  3.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)