This post originally appeared in the City of Auburn News.
The Milken Institute ranked Auburn No. 17 on its list of the 2021 Best-Performing Small Cities in the U.S. Auburn was ranked the second-highest of three Alabama cities that were listed in the top 50.
The Milken Institute’s Best-Performing City index tracks the economic performance of about 400 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas. It evaluates metrics like job creation, wage gains, high-tech GDP growth and other factors to evaluate cities’ performance relative to one another. It also evaluates cities’ broadband access and housing affordability.
Auburn climbed six spots from its 2020 ranking at No. 23. For more about the institute’s methodology and other details, view the full report.