Orlando #7 City for growth according to Milken Institute

Best-Performing Cities 2018: Where America’s Jobs Are Created and Sustained

Jan 24, 2019

The Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities U.S. index provides a way to measure which American metropolitan areas offer the greatest opportunities for prosperity and innovation across the nation. The BPC index measures each metro area’s economic performance using outcomes-based metrics such as job creation, wage gains, and technological developments to evaluate their relative growth.

The Rankings:

Provo-Orem, UT, holds steady at the top of our index, thanks to a dynamic high-tech sector, an educated workforce, and a business-friendly tax and regulatory climate.

Growth through tech is the reigning theme across America, with Silicon Valley and several of Northern California’s tech-focused metro areas in the top 20. Outside the Golden State, tech hubs such as Austin-Round Rock, TX, Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX, and Raleigh, NC, have also leveraged their educated workforces and competitive business climates to generate growth.

Top Ten Best-Performing Cities U.S. 2018

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) /
Metropolitan Division (MD)

2018 Rank

2017 Rank

Change

Provo-Orem, UT MSA

1

1

Steady

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA MSA

2

11

+9

Austin-Round Rock, TX MSA

3

9

+6

San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA MD

4

4

Steady

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX MD

5

3

-2

Raleigh, NC MSA

6

2

-4

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL MSA

7

7

Steady

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