Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Wausau, WI MSA

Overall Rank: 80      Population: 135,603

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 157  164  158  132  87  128  98.82 
1-yr Job Growth2 119  168  70  54  79  90  97.50 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 151  157  158  166  48  69  99.71 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 161  126  75  68  33  26  102.37 
Short-Term Job Growth5 104  120  148  120  84  133  9924.97% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 179  138  108  70  84  51  102.65 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 98  131  29  35  108  40  108.40 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 173  157  154  168  172  166  0.28 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 148  134  129  125  129  135  1.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)