Washington's Tri-Cities of Kennewick, Richland and Pasco have won top 10 placement on the 2010 Milken Institute Best Performing Cities index.
That list is dominated by Texas cities, with 11 of the top 25. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, was first on the list.
The Tri-Cities ranked fifth. Anchorage was eighth.
“The great recession has taken a toll on many cities,” said Ross DeVol, executive director of economic research at the Milken Institute. “But those that are sustaining their job markets are doing so through a good mix of high-tech industries, favorable business climates and diversified service-sector industries. These are definite lessons for how American metros can be prepared to survive economic turmoil.”
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Among the 200 largest metro areas, Olympia ranked 36th, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett was 37th and Tacoma was 47th. The Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton area in Washington and Oregon ranked 107th.
The 2010 top performers (with 2009 rankings) among the 200 largest metros:
1. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas (2).
2. Austin-Round Rock, Texas (1).
3. Huntsville, Ala. (8).
4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas (4).
5. Kennewick-Richland-Pasco (n.a.).
6. Washington, D.C.-Arlington, Va.-Alexandria Va. (25)
7. Raleigh-Cary, N.C. (10).
8. Anchorage (40).
9. El Paso, Texas (14).
10. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (5).