Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

St. Cloud, MN MSA

Overall Rank: 57      Population: 195,643

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 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 69  65  48  47  45  103  99.38 
1-yr Job Growth2 40  45  63  69  122  75  98.25 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 77  75  58  46  52  19  101.21 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 112  53  38  64  62  27  102.32 
Short-Term Job Growth5 123  39  29  167  42  85  10011.53% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 140  105  55  50  42  142  98.19 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 49  111  161  94  54  104.73 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 84  107  116  120  125  119  0.43 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 71  57  61  48  82  88  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)