Milken Institute releases 2010 “best performing cities” list

The Milken Institute has released its 2010 report on the best performing cities in the U.S. in economic terms. They evaluated 200 cities total.

Spokane moved from #41 in 2009 to #74 on the list in 2010 for a drop of 33 positions.

The Tri-Cities ranked at #5, in part due to the strongest job growth rate of any area, nationwide, tied to the large presence of government supported projects at Hanford, plus the stability of its other large industry, recession proof food processing.

Seattle area ranked #37,  Olympia at #36, Tacoma at #47 on the list. Portland/Vancouver fell to #107 down from #37 in 2009.

On the small cities list, Yakima came in at #46 and Couer d’Alene at #93.



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