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Friday, January 18, 2013

 

Which cities and metropolitan areas in New England are positioned well for the future? Which are lagging behind? Here are New England's Best Performing Cities, according to The Milken Institute's "Best-Performing Cities 2012" national study.  

The Best-Performing Cities study is published annually in order to highlight the cities and metropolitin areas in the U.S. that are prospering, and to point out those that are struggling from a structural point of view. By examining job, wage, and technology metrics over a five-year period, the publication utilizes a data-driven approach to provide a comprehensive measure of economic strength. See which New England cities ranked best overall--both in the 200 largest metros pool and the 176 smallest metros pool.

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#1 Cambridge

Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 8
National Rank 2011: 12

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 37
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 118

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 25
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 12

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#2 Peabody

Peabody, MA

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 17
National Rank 2011: 40

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 44
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 108

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 53
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 4

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#3 Worcester

Worcester, MA

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 34
National Rank 2011: 41

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 73
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 55

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 49
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 13

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#4 Boston

Boston-Quincy, MA

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 46
National Rank 2011: 53

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 47
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 135

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 41
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 25

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#5 Rockingham County

Rockingham/ Strafford Counties, NH

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 60
National Rank 2011: 82

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 57
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 110

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 58
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 111

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#6 Portland

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 91
National Rank 2011: 78

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 80
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 161

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 78
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 31

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#7 Hartford

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 93
National Rank 2011: 97

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 79
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 94

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 106
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 68

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#8 Bridgeport

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 94
National Rank 2011: 169

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 115
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 121

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 139
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 72

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#9 New Haven

New Haven-Milford, CT

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 109
National Rank 2011: 170

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 128
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 65

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 195
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 60

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#10 Manchester

Manchester-Nashua, NH

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 126
National Rank 2011: 158

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 121
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 147

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 21
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 63

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#11 Providence

Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI/ MA

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 130
National Rank 2011: 110

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 150
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 162

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 71
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 8

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#12 Norwich

Norwich-New London, CT

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 152
National Rank 2011: 122

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 90
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 119

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 197
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 39

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#13 Springfield

Springfield, MA

Top 200 Largest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 154
National Rank 2011: 57

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 63
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 144

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 141
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 91

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#1 Burlington

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

179 Smallest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 28
National Rank 2011: 26

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 46
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 59

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 126
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 92

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#2 Lewiston

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

179 Smallest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 59
National Rank 2011: 126

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 76
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 69

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 36
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 53

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#3 Barnstable Town

Barnstable Town, MA

179 Smallest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 84
National Rank 2011: 97

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 112
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 111

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 64
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 17

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#4 Pittsfield

Pittsfield, MA

179 Smallest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 126
National Rank 2011: 65

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 105
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 112

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 117
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 42

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#5 Bangor

Bangor, ME

179 Smallest Metros 

National Rank 2012: 150
National Rank 2011: 84

5-yr Job Growth Rank: 94
1-yr Job Growth Rank: 102

5-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 158
1-yr Relative High Tech GDP Growth: 123

 
 

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