Comeback Kids: 15 Cities That Have Bounced Back the Best Post-Recession

Comeback Kids: 15 Cities That Have Bounced Back the Best Post-Recession

It's officially been six years since the end of the recession, and there are plenty of signs that the economy is finally taking a turn for the better—whether it's a baby boomlet or skyrocketing confidence in retirement savings.

But the recovery hasn't exactly been even across the country. While some oil and tech hubs have seen dramatic economic improvements, other cities haven't fared quite as well.


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To gauge where most of the uptick was happening, economists at career site Glassdoor created a "recovery index" by crunching three key economic indicators: the unemployment rate, job growth and wage increases compared with 2009.

Although Silicon Valley did make an appearance among the top three metro areas experiencing the largest rebound, the motto that everything's bigger in Texas seemed to hold true—the top two spots were claimed by Midland, Texas, and Odessa, Texas. In fact, five of the top 15 cities were in the Lone Star State—not too surprising given the shale oil boom in recent years.

Where Midland really shone bright was in its job growth and wage changes: The city saw a 30% increase in the number of people with jobs, and average hourly wages jumped 27%; Odessa, meanwhile, saw those figures rise by 26% and 20%, respectively.

Rounding out the top five rebounding metro areas were San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara, Calif.; Greeley, Colo.; and Provo-Orem, Utah.

The city that fared the worst? Ocean City, N.J., where job growth was nowhere to be had: There was a 4.9% increase in its unemployment rate—and total employment fell by 26%

Other cities at the bottom of the index include Decatur, Ill.; Glens Falls, N.Y.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; and Carson City, Nevada.

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