Best-Performing Cities
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Small Cities 2015

Yakima, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 63      Population: 248,830

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 64  81  81  79  136  106  96.63 
1-yr Job Growth2 96  99  132  72  102  14  101.18 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 31  47  53  48  43  83  96.63 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 13  139  117  52  50  66  99.76 
Short-Term Job Growth5 162  94  49  51  15  103  9950.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 132  159  26  33  17  103  110.32 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 55  169  16  168  55  110  97.71 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 170  172  136  132  138  145  0.35 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 151  148  134  129  125  129  1.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)