Three cities in North Dakota ranked highly in the 2011 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index (124 smallest metro listing). Bismark ranked second in the index, Fargo was ranked seventh and Grand Forks came in at number 24.
“These rankings by the Milken Institute are evidence of North Dakota’s strong economy, diverse community offerings and good quality of life,” Governor Jack Dalrymple said. “It is also strong evidence that our local leaders and businesses are working hard to support a growing economy that is creating new jobs.”
The annual index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary, and technology growth. The index also factors in both long and short-term indicators of employment and salary growth and technology output measurements.
Source: Office of Governor Dalrymple