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Small Cities 2015

Valdosta, GA MSA

Overall Rank: 79      Population: 146,000

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 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 128  150  144  114  94  106  95.82 
1-yr Job Growth2 33  115  62  74  91  143  98.52 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 73  71  151  150  142  114  94.98 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 133  87  128  93  154  87  99.89 
Short-Term Job Growth5 84  124  195  69  131  48  10066.57% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 15  11  69  70  126.49 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 85  60  52  26  150  96.78 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 76  45  45  55  31  22  0.87 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 13  23  26  47  48  44  3.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)