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Best-Performing Cities

Regional Economics
Best-Performing Cities

About Best-Performing Cities

Welcome to the Best-Performing Cities (BPC) webpages. The BPC rankings offer an objective evaluation of the economic performance of US metropolitan areas based on 13 indicators that cover labor market conditions, high-tech impact, and access to economic opportunities. This year, two new metrics are incorporated into the index: community resilience and income inequality.

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To ensure that population size doesn't skew our results, we've divided US metropolitan areas into 200 large and 203 small cities. We've then classified these cities into five tiers, with Tier 1 being the highest-ranked cities and Tier 5 being the lowest-ranked cities. You can learn more about BPC's large and small cities by using the navigation buttons at the top of the page.

Our interactive map allows you to compare cities' performance relative to their peers, determined by city size and ranking tier. We invite you to gain valuable insights into the economic performance of US metropolitan areas across the 13 BPC components by using the buttons on the right side of the figure.

Interactive Map

To learn more about the methodology used for the BPC rankings, visit our methodology page.

Looking for more information about Best-Performing Cities? 

 Contact Research Senior Director, Maggie Switek.

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