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Small Cities 2015

Valdosta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 65      Population: 142,200

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 115  133  128  150  144  114  96.08 
1-yr Job Growth2 160  151  33  115  62  74  99.58 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 54  68  73  71  151  150  96.08 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 95  107  133  87  128  93  99.20 
Short-Term Job Growth5 145  58  84  124  195  69  10026.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 11  24  15  11  69  137.34 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 87  85  60  52  101.28 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 91  98  76  45  45  55  0.66 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 42  71  13  23  26  47  3.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)