In the wake of the Great Recession and the subsequent uneven recovery, some US cities have grown faster than others. To track where urban economic growth is happening, nonprofit public policy organization Brookings Institution launched the annual Metro Monitor report.
The 2016 report looked at the 100 largest American cities and ranked them based on economic prosperity and equality. The nonprofit also examined indicators within these categories, including standard of living, number of jobs, and income poverty rates — primarily from 2009 to 2014 during the economic recovery from the recession.
Only nine large metropolitan areas performed above the national averages, according to the report. Check them out below.
Though Dallas saw no significant change in the median wage or employment rate from 2009, the city experienced strong gains in prosperity, largely thanks to the region's energy boom after the recession.
Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Grand Rapids boasts a large manufacturing sector, which drove job and wage growth from 2009 to 2014, according to the report. The city's employment rate also increased 5.5%.
Houston consistently ranked highly in areas of economic growth, especially in the energy and information technology-focused sectors.
From 2009 to 2014, Louisville experienced high job and wage growth, especially in jobs related to the education and healthcare.
The Twin Cities has one of the lowest unemployment rates (4%) in the US, and jobs in science-focused fields grew from 2009 to 2014, according to the report.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City performed highly in the economic prosperity and income equality categories. From 2009 to 2014, the number of jobs increased 8.5%, and the median wage grew 6.7%.
San Antonio, Texas.
Residents of San Antonio experienced high growth in aggregate income, number of jobs available, and more.
Seattle ranked highly in economic growth and prosperity (especially in jobs related to tech), and experienced a 17.9% increase in aggregate wage levels.
San Jose, California.
San Jose was the nation’s strongest-performing city on measures of economic growth and productivity during the recession recovery, largely because of its robust tech sector.
For example, it saw a 38.5% jump in aggregate income and 11.6% in productivity levels from 2009 to 2014. San Jose also experienced a 3.8% increase in median wage levels.