2015 BEST CITIES RANKINGS

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Source: New Geography, 2015 Best Cities for Job Growth

According to New Geography, Kern’s Bakersfield MSA ranks 5th amongst midsize cities. The goal of the study was to capture a snapshot of the present and prospective employment outlook in each MSA, and allow the business community to have a better sense of the employment climate in each.

Five measures of growth were used to rank MSAs over the past decade. “Large” areas include those with a current nonfarm employment base of at least 450,000 jobs. “Midsize” areas range from 150,000 to 450,000 jobs. “Small” areas have as many as 150,000 jobs.

The index was calculated from a normalized, weighted summary of: 1) recent growth trend: the current and prior year’s employment growth rates, with the current year emphasized (two points); 2) mid-term growth: the average annual 2009-2014 growth rate (two points); 3) long-term momentum: the sum of the 2009-2014 and 2003-2008 employment growth rates multiplied by the ratio of the 2003-2008 growth rate over the 2009-2014 growth rate (one point); 4) current year growth (one point); and 5) the average of each year’s growth rate, normalized annually, for the last 10 years (two points).

Top 20 Ranking for Midsize Manufacturing

Rank Area 2014 Mfg Employment (1000s) Total Mfg Employment Growth Rate 2013-2014 Total Mfg Employment Cum Growth '09-2014
1 Toledo, OH 44 0.067 0.274
2 Savannah, GA 16.5 0.062 0.205
3 Baton Rouge, LA 29.5 0.045 0.202
4 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 5.1 0.048 0.203
5 Bakersfield, CA 15 0.049 0.178
6 Springfield, MO 15.1 0.059 0.199
7 Lafayette, LA 20.2 0 0.343
8 Columbia, SC 30.6 0.07 0.137
9 Reno, NV 12.9 0.024 0.155
10 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 25.1 0.037 0.214
11 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 19.7 0.015 0.201
12 Madison, WI 34.1 0.068 0.12
13 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 10.3 0.007 0.221
14 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 29.8 0.038 0.136
15 Stockton-Lodi, CA 18.8 0.07 0.072
16 Provo-Orem, UT 18.7 0.024 0.164
17 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 15.6 0.031 0.191
18 Anchorage, AK 2.3 0.062 0.169
19 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 6.1 0.034 0.145
20 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 22.4 0.037 0.165
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