The other major Florida cities join Jacksonville in the top five most-improved metros:
- Tampa-St. Petersburg, up 80 places (from No. 100 to No. 20)
- Orlando, up 59 places (from No. 91 to No. 32)
- Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., up 48 places (from No. 88 to No. 40)
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale, up 46 places (from No. 90 to No. 44)
The index is calculated once a month, based on the latest official statistics for all U.S. metropolitan areas with estimated populations above 500,000. It is designed to show the relative economic strength of those 102 major metros.
The rankings are generated by an 18-part formula that assesses private-sector job growth, unemployment, earnings, housing-price appreciation and construction and retail activity. Read the detailed methodology here.
Jacksonville Business Journal