Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2016

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX MSA

Overall Rank: 113      Population: 6,772,469

The 2016 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 10  14  177  98.41 
1-yr Job Growth2 13  16  24  95  48  104.16 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 167  98.22 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 59  22  110.30 
Short-Term Job Growth5 15  15  138  175  82  10037.48% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 55  73  85  57  90  163  97.12 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 10  78  31  67  166  115  95.83 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 101  105  116  118  119  125  0.62 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 160  133  163  144  143  144  2.0 

2015-2016 Growth Comparison (by score)