Wichita drops to 130th on the Milken Institute’s ranking of top-performing cities

There’s a list put out by the Milken Institute that ranks the best performing-cities in the country. The list which can be found here takes into consideration such factors as job growth, wage growth, high-tech concentration, housing affordability. The goal of the study is to chart the economic resilience and opportunity across the large and small cities. For what it’s worth, Wichita is considered a large city.

The Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities (BPC) 2022 compared economic performance among diverse metro areas across the United States. These cities collectively drive economic growth and are the primary locations for businesses and jobs. In all, there were 200 cities ranked among the large cities.

In last year’s study, Wichita came in ranked at no. 64 but tumbled all the way down to no. 130. We fell 66 spots which was one of the largest drops in the study along with other cities like Asheville, NC, Evansville, IN-KY, and Reading, PA.

In the study, Wichita scored poorly and in the bottom half of high-tech GDP, job growth and wage growth. On the bright side, Wichita did score well in high-tech concentration and was one of the best cities for broadband access and housing affordability.

What would you recommend Wichita do to improve these results for next year?

Read the report here.


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