Special Report

Small Cities With the Strongest Economies This Year

Methodology

To identify the 11 best performing small cities in the United States, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the report Best-Performing Cities 2022 – Charting Economic Resilience and Opportunity, published by the nonprofit economic think tank Milken Institute. The report looked at small metropolitan areas, rating each by an index comprising 11 different measures, including GDP, employment, and wage growth. Other measures include high-tech-related measures, access to broadband, and housing affordability. 

Supplemental data includes the share of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher for each metro and population from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2020 five-year estimates.

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