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Small Cities 2015

State College, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 78      Population: 160,580

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 36  20  37  47  109  146  93.88 
1-yr Job Growth2 31  50  162  94  125  149  98.35 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 53  21  15  24  25  51  93.88 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 25  21  31  124  74  47  100.40 
Short-Term Job Growth5 103  55  97  84  79  109  9934.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 28  25  27  52  67  109  93.74 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 47  105  75  87  140  116  97.59 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 11  11  15  16  18  0.91 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 10  5.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)