Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Valdosta, GA MSA

Overall Rank: 94      Population: 144,676

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 133  128  150  144  114  94  99.52 
1-yr Job Growth2 151  33  115  62  74  91  97.34 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 68  73  71  151  150  142  97.94 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 107  133  87  128  93  154  91.10 
Short-Term Job Growth5 58  84  124  195  69  131  9927.24% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 24  15  11  69  70  101.93 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 87  85  60  52  26  114.92 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 98  76  45  45  55  31  0.77 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 71  13  23  26  47  48  3.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)