Large Cities 2013


The 2013 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.

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Rank 2013 Rank 2012 City State
1 2 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX TX
2 7 Provo-Orem, UT UT
3 36 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA CA
4 1 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA CA
5 6 Salt Lake City, UT UT
6 13 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA WA
7 14 Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX TX
8 4 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX TX
9 15 Boulder, CO CO
10 42 Greeley, CO CO
11 9 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC SC
12 22 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX TX
13 3 Raleigh-Cary, NC NC
14 27 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN TN
15 30 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO CO
16 10 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX TX
17 44 Corpus Christi, TX TX
18 28 Trenton-Ewing, NJ NJ
19 19 Bakersfield-Delano, CA CA
20 12 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO CO
21 23 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA OR-WA
22 26 Laredo, TX TX
23 8 Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA MA
24 24 Lafayette, LA LA
25 106 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA CA
26 50 Ogden-Clearfield, UT UT
27 35 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC NC-SC
28 32 Oklahoma City, OK OK
29 49 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI MN-WI
30 72 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA IA
31 33 Pittsburgh, PA PA
32 40 Holland-Grand Haven, MI MI
33 51 Indianapolis-Carmel, IN IN
34 11 New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ
35 18 El Paso, TX TX
36 31 Baltimore-Towson, MD
37 53 Columbus, OH OH
38 39 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD MD
39 66 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA CA
40 43 Clarksville, TN-KY TN-KY
41 70 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA GA
42 118 Tulsa, OK OK
43 73 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA CA
44 137 Lexington-Fayette, KY KY
45 5 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV DC-VA-MD-WV
46 46 Boston-Quincy, MA MA
47 52 Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC SC
48 100 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI MI
49 71 Madison, WI WI
50 17 Peabody, MA MA
51 63 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX TX
52 65 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ PA-NJ
53 47 Anchorage, AK AK
54 29 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX TX
55 62 Peoria, IL IL
56 81 Lincoln, NE NE
57 41 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO AR-MO
58 85 Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN KY-IN
59 38 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX TX
60 21 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC NC
61 55 Cedar Rapids, IA IA
62 144 Springfield, MO MO
63 34 Worcester, MA MA
64 25 Knoxville, TN TN
65 16 Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA WA
66 122 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ AZ
67 48 Nassau-Suffolk, NY NY
68 104 Kansas City, MO-KS MO-KS
69 20 Lubbock, TX TX
70 170 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV MD-WV
71 151 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR AR
72 126 Manchester-Nashua, NH NH
73 86 Boise City-Nampa, ID ID
74 161 Spokane, WA WA
75 57 Colorado Springs, CO CO
76 78 Baton Rouge, LA LA
77 114 Wilmington, NC NC
78 97 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA CA
79 108 Spartanburg, SC SC
80 92 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI MI
81 140 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA CA
82 56 Fayetteville, NC NC
83 113 Naples-Marco Island, FL FL
84 69 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY NY
85 93 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT CT
86 134 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI IL
87 76 Ann Arbor, MI MI
88 45 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA LA
89 88 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC GA-SC
90 96 Green Bay, WI WI
91 60 Rockingham County-Strafford County, NH NH
92 155 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA CA
93 138 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL FL
94 147 Savannah, GA GA
95 142 Roanoke, VA VA
96 79 Erie, PA PA
97 95 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA CA
98 124 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL FL
99 168 Visalia-Porterville, CA CA
100 58 Asheville, NC NC
101 61 Huntsville, AL AL
102 169 Edison-New Brunswick, NJ NJ
103 123 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA CA
104 59 Fort Wayne, IN IN
105 103 Honolulu, HI HI
106 94 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT CT
107 82 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA NE-IA
108 67 York-Hanover, PA PA
109 90 Philadelphia, PA PA
110 37 Columbus, GA-AL GA-AL
111 68 Richmond, VA VA
112 149 Canton-Massillon, OH OH
113 89 Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN OH-KY-IN
114 75 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY NY
115 150 Tucson, AZ AZ
116 116 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX TX
117 112 Gary, IN IN
118 133 Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI IL-WI
119 54 Rochester, NY NY
120 125 Jackson, MS MS
121 132 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL IA-IL
122 129 Columbia, SC SC
123 139 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC VA-NC
124 167 Gainesville, FL FL
125 141 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA CA
126 98 Reading, PA PA
127 154 Springfield, MA MA
128 165 Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC SC
129 179 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL FL
130 135 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA PA
131 180 Toledo, OH OH
132 107 Tacoma, WA WA
133 121 Jacksonville, FL FL
134 105 Mobile, AL AL
135 127 Greensboro-High Point, NC NC
136 174 Winston-Salem, NC NC
137 91 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME ME
138 178 Duluth, MN-WI MN-WI
139 164 Flint, MI MI
140 162 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI WI
141 172 Akron, OH OH
142 109 New Haven-Milford, CT CT
143 136 St. Louis, MO-IL MO-IL
144 131 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL FL
145 115 Rockford, IL IL
146 173 Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ DE-MD-NJ
147 177 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH OH
148 130 Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA RI-MA
149 195 Port St. Lucie, FL FL
150 99 Memphis, TN-MS-AR TN-MS-AR
151 143 Charleston, WV WV
152 74 Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA TN-VA
153 64 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA LA
154 87 Syracuse, NY NY
155 148 Albuquerque, NM NM
156 156 Salem, OR OR
157 128 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA CA
158 145 Fresno, CA CA
159 119 Merced, CA CA
160 84 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY NY
161 194 Ocala, FL FL
162 187 Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, FL FL
163 188 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL FL
164 193 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL FL
165 182 Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA CA
166 101 Evansville, IN-KY IN-KY
167 190 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI MI
168 160 Lancaster, PA PA
169 175 Newark-Union, NJ-PA NJ-PA
170 77 Olympia, WA WA
171 159 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA CA
172 117 Dayton, OH OH
173 111 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA PA
174 80 Chattanooga, TN-GA TN-GA
175 102 Salinas, CA CA
176 153 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI IN-MI
177 166 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL FL
178 184 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL FL
179 197 Birmingham-Hoover, AL AL
180 171 Camden, NJ NJ
181 158 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA OH-PA
182 183 Montgomery, AL AL
183 146 Wichita, KS KS
184 185 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI MI
185 189 Stockton, CA CA
186 83 Utica-Rome, NY NY
187 152 Norwich-New London, CT CT
188 199 Modesto, CA CA
189 110 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH WV-KY-OH
190 181 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC NC
191 163 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL FL
192 198 Las Vegas-Paradise, NV NV
194 192 Tallahassee, FL FL
195 191 Eugene-Springfield, OR OR
196 196 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS MS
197 120 Lansing-East Lansing, MI MI
198 186 Reno-Sparks, NV NV
199 200 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL FL
200 176 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ NJ
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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