The Buzz

The higher a metropolitan area is on the index, the better its economic health, Chamberlain says. So let's take a look at the results.

In 2013 the Milken Institute ranked Midland the fifth-best-performing small city in the U.S., with top-place finishes for five-year job growth and wages and salaries growth.

Midland was ranked one of America's fastest-growing metro areas for 2013-2014 at 2.6%

Midland, Texas, ranks 17th best metro area for STEM grads with an average STEM salary of $102,703.

Texas Tech University's Economic Impact of the Permian Basin's Oil & Gas Industry
The Permian Basin’s oil and gas industry:
  • Sustains over 546,000 jobs
  • Generates $137.8 billion in economic output

New Census Data Shows Colorado, Texas Tops in Economic Growth

"Our economy continues to offer diverse opportunities to job seekers," said Commissioner Ronny Congleton, representing labor.

24/7 Wall St., citing recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau for 381 metropolitan statistical areas from April 2010 through July 2013, reported the 10 fastest-growing metro areas in terms of population.

Midland is the No. 1 Great Escape according to Texas Monthly (April 2014)

“The Midland-Odessa metro area added an estimated 5,700 jobs were added to the Midland-Odessa combined economy over the last 12 months, posting a year-over-year growth rate of about 3.6% (and averaging 3.8% for the first quarter). ” - Karr Ingham November Report (February 2014)