Small 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 10 Columbia, MO MO
2 15 Columbus, IN IN
3 5 Fargo, ND-MN ND-MN
4 3 Bismarck, ND ND
5 8 Midland, TX TX
6 19 Williamsport, PA PA
7 6 Longview, TX TX
8 18 San Angelo, TX TX
9 2 Morgantown, WV WV
10 13 Dubuque, IA IA
11 29 St. Joseph, MO-KS MO-KS
12 27 Cheyenne, WY WY
13 30 Greenville, NC NC
14 4 Odessa, TX TX
15 16 Iowa City, IA IA
16 23 Victoria, TX TX
17 1 Logan, UT-ID UT-ID
18 86 Jonesboro, AR AR
19 14 Sioux Falls, SD SD
20 37 Lafayette, IN IN
21 32 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA VA
22 31 Waco, TX TX
23 28 Burlington-South Burlington, VT VT
24 24 Lebanon, PA PA
25 119 Cleveland, TN TN
26 85 Billings, MT MT
27 68 Fairbanks, AK AK
28 7 State College, PA PA
29 70 El Centro, CA CA
30 78 St. Cloud, MN MN
31 26 Casper, WY WY
32 93 Ithaca, NY NY
33 57 Appleton, WI WI
34 136 Napa, CA CA
35 48 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA IA
36 46 Corvallis, OR OR
37 89 Auburn-Opelika, AL AL
38 53 College Station-Bryan, TX TX
39 41 Rapid City, SD SD
40 67 Winchester, VA-WV VA-WV
41 38 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA LA
42 121 Kankakee-Bradley, IL IL
43 84 Barnstable Town, MA MA
44 40 Owensboro, KY KY
45 35 Bellingham, WA WA
46 47 Burlington, NC NC
47 118 Abilene, TX TX
48 9 Tyler, TX TX
49 39 Gainesville, GA GA
50 123 Flagstaff, AZ AZ
51 101 Valdosta, GA GA
52 45 Jacksonville, NC NC
53 52 La Crosse, WI-MN WI-MN
54 169 Lake Charles, LA LA
55 34 Elizabethtown, KY KY
56 146 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI MI
57 163 Madera-Chowchilla, CA CA
58 75 Grand Forks, ND-MN ND-MN
59 17 Amarillo, TX TX
60 107 Eau Claire, WI WI
61 44 Joplin, MO MO
62 42 Rochester, MN MN
63 110 St. George, UT UT
64 43 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI WI
65 94 Fond du Lac, WI WI
66 20 Glens Falls, NY NY
67 83 Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA WA
68 12 Cumberland, MD-WV MD-WV
69 130 Tuscaloosa, AL AL
70 60 Johnson City, TN TN
71 61 Ames, IA IA
72 33 Pueblo, CO CO
73 128 Missoula, MT MT
74 126 Pittsfield, MA MA
75 91 Bloomington, IN IN
76 73 Goldsboro, NC NC
77 54 Sherman-Denison, TX TX
78 137 Yakima, WA WA
79 100 Great Falls, MT MT
80 25 Hanford-Corcoran, CA CA
81 49 Danville, VA VA
82 21 Las Cruces, NM NM
83 50 Grand Junction, CO CO
84 138 Bend, OR OR
85 111 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL FL
86 74 Altoona, PA PA
87 98 Bowling Green, KY KY
88 96 Idaho Falls, ID ID
89 11 Charlottesville, VA VA
90 56 Pascagoula, MS MS
91 139 Yuma, AZ AZ
92 116 Yuba City, CA CA
93 55 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA GA
94 95 Athens-Clarke County, GA GA
95 131 Sumter, SC SC
96 172 Chico, CA CA
97 76 Coeur d'Alene, ID ID
98 66 Bloomington-Normal, IL IL
99 80 Johnstown, PA PA
100 36 Elmira, NY NY
101 58 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR TX-AR
102 127 Anderson, SC SC
103 135 Anderson, IN IN
104 62 Elkhart-Goshen, IN IN
105 178 Lawrence, KS KS
106 22 Harrisonburg, VA VA
107 87 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD IA-NE-SD
108 175 Janesville, WI WI
109 77 Terre Haute, IN IN
110 99 Macon, GA GA
111 120 Monroe, LA LA
112 88 Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH WV-OH
113 64 Warner Robins, GA GA
114 108 Medford, OR OR
115 90 Kokomo, IN IN
116 82 Salisbury, MD MD
117 161 Hot Springs, AR AR
118 104 Hattiesburg, MS MS
119 114 Racine, WI WI
120 63 Jefferson City, MO MO
121 144 Topeka, KS KS
122 170 Muncie, IN IN
123 113 Jackson, TN TN
124 129 Florence, SC SC
125 147 Bay City, MI MI
126 65 Lewiston, ID-WA ID-WA
127 102 Springfield, IL IL
128 59 Lewiston-Auburn, ME ME
129 72 Lynchburg, VA VA
130 124 Farmington, NM NM
131 112 Champaign-Urbana, IL IL
132 167 Rome, GA GA
133 152 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL FL
134 106 Decatur, AL AL
135 117 Wheeling, WV-OH WV-OH
136 154 Michigan City-La Porte, IN IN
137 71 Lawton, OK OK
138 115 Decatur, IL IL
139 148 Longview, WA WA
140 155 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA WA
141 145 Gadsden, AL AL
142 97 Dover, DE DE
143 51 Kingston, NY NY
144 92 Sandusky, OH OH
145 177 Punta Gorda, FL FL
146 156 Albany, GA GA
147 132 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI MI
148 142 Pocatello, ID ID
149 133 Jackson, MI MI
150 69 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL AL
151 153 Redding, CA CA
152 122 Alexandria, LA LA
153 141 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ NJ
154 149 Wichita Falls, TX TX
155 174 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH WV-OH
156 103 Springfield, OH OH
157 157 Ocean City, NJ NJ
158 166 Brunswick, GA GA
159 150 Bangor, ME ME
160 158 Danville, IL IL
161 164 Monroe, MI MI
162 162 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA WA
163 140 Lima, OH OH
164 105 Binghamton, NY NY
165 168 Mansfield, OH OH
166 79 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI MI
167 125 Battle Creek, MI MI
168 134 Santa Fe, NM NM
169 143 Rocky Mount, NC NC
170 162 Prescott, AZ AZ
171 109 Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL FL
172 151 Sheboygan, WI WI
173 160 Morristown, TN TN
174 176 Wausau, WI WI
175 165 Dothan, AL AL
176 179 Carson City, NV NV
177 171 Dalton, GA GA
178 173 Anniston-Oxford, AL AL
179 159 Pine Bluff, AR AR
MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
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