Bakersfield-Kern Ranks High for 2014 Best-Performing Cities in U.S.

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The Milken Institute’s annual “Best-Performing Cities” index ranks the largest 200 metros throughout the nation. Kern County’s Bakersfield MSA ranked# 28 in the U.S. and #5 in California. The most dynamic U.S. metros hold the secrets to economic success: the crucial factors that help them thrive, grow, and prosper.

Kern County Ranks 

#5 in California

#28 in U.S.

The Milken Institute’s index shows that technology and shale energy were the biggest factors behind America’s booming cities — especially technology. Tech titan San Francisco claimed the top spot and last year’s No. 1, Austin, Texas, dropped a slot. California’s top five list boasts thriving tech sectors as well: San Francisco (first, up two ranks from last year); San Jose (unchanged at fourth); San Diego(22nd, up from 43rd place); San Luis Obispo (24th, up one spot from last year); Santa Barbara (27th, up twelve spots); and Bakersfield (28th, down nine spots).

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2014’s Top 30 Best-Performing Large Cities in the U.S.

U.S. Rank Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) State Jobs Growth (2008-13) Wages Growth (2011-12) Short-term job growth (2013-2014) High-tech GDP growth (2008-13)
1 San Francisco–San Mateo–Redwood City CA 11 1 10 2
2 Austin–Round Rock–SanMarcos TX 1 10 9 21
3 Provo–Orem UT 3 4 33 10
4 San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara CA 19 34 26 16
5 Raleigh–Cary NC 25 29 4 23
6 Salt LakeCity UT 30 14 18 20
7 Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown TX 4 3 6 85
8 Fort Worth–Arlington TX 15 28 21 40
9 Dallas–Plano–Irving TX 28 20 13 68
10 San Antonio–NewBraunfels TX 8 56 38 38
11 Seattle–Bellevue–Everett WA 59 9 35 26
12 Denver–Aurora–Broomfield CO 31 16 57 80
13 Boulder CO 36 23 24 34
14 Greeley CO 2 7 3 45
15 Nashville–Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin TN 7 2 14 159
16 Portland–Vancouver–Hillsboro OR–WA 79 32 32 1
17 Fort Collins–Loveland CO 16 53 65 86
18 Laredo TX 10 18 55 7
19 Lafayette LA 14 12 37 124
20 Lubbock TX 22 31 47 172
21 Baton Rouge LA 43 45 11 99
22 San Diego–Carlsbad–San Marcos CA 75 40 39 67
23 Charlotte–Gastonia–Rock Hill NC–SC 51 19 52 51
24 San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles CA 45 95 44 18
25 Grand Rapids–Wyoming MI 17 11 36 94
26 Indianapolis–Carmel IN 46 38 41 143
27 Santa Barbara–Santa Maria–Goleta CA 77 39 107 25
28 Bakersfield–Delano CA 29 6 28 76
29 Holland–Grand Haven MI 38 62 2 28
30 Madison WI 44 75 86 19
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