The Best Performing Cities index compiled by The Milken Institute ranked Austin the 4th best-performing city in the US in 2011 (2nd in 2010 and 1st in 2009). The index ranked cities by employment, salary growth, technology output growth, and their ability to create and sustain jobs. Of the top five best-performing cities, four are Texas metros with San Antonio ranking number one.
Austin ranked well because of several factors:
The 2011 top 10 performers (with 2010 rankings) of the 200 largest metros:
Download the Milken Institute's index and read more about best performing cities in the US here.