PROVO-OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – Milken Institute released its annual ranking of Best-Performing Cities, and for the second consecutive year, the Provo-Orem metropolitan area took the number one spot!
The institute says the number one ranking reflects the booming growth of high-tech industries outside the coastal enclaves that launched the digital revolution.
Provo-Orem was among several Middle American Cities in the top-10 and the institute says their success did not preclude growth in Silicon Valley.
Provo-Orem was joined on the list by two other Utah cities. Salt Lake City was number 10 and Ogden-Clearfield came in at number 21. St. George was ranked number two in the small-metro rankings.
Top-10 Best-Performing U.S. Cities (previous year)
Provo-Orem, Utah (1)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (11)
Austin-Round Rock, Texas (9)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, California (4)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (3)
Raleigh, North Carolina (2)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida (7)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington (17)
Fort Collins, Colorado (5)
Salt Lake City, Utah (10)
“Utah’s industrious and innovative people continue to drive growth in the technology and business communities,” said Governor Gary Herbert. “We are focused on laying the groundwork and infrastructure necessary to support this success far into the future.”
The full report with a table of all the metros evaluated is available here.