Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 181      Population: 117,640

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 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1         167  181  91.05 
1-yr Job Growth2         154  144  98.42 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3         128  192  91.05 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4         191  190  95.07 
Short-Term Job Growth5         172  90  9982.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6         154  90  83.81 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7         155  93  98.52 
High-Tech GDP LQ8         87  79  0.53 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19         125  129  1.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)