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Recession Recovery: Cities that Have Improved the Most–Full Ranking

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The table below lists all 510 cities analyzed in NerdWallet’s study on the cities that have improved the most since the recession.

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Rank City, State Change in Civilian Labor Force Unemployment Change in Median Household Income Change in Median Home Value Final Score
1 McAllen, Texas 4.35% 31.69% 15.61% 91.33
2 Midland, Texas -35.71% 13.84% 21.67% 90.30
3 San Angelo, Texas -35.48% 11.45% 20.92% 88.65
4 Fargo, North Dakota -34.48% 18.71% 13.30% 85.79
5 Bryan, Texas -3.28% 23.08% 10.81% 84.15
6 Chattanooga, Tennessee -29.89% 13.54% 14.04% 83.86
7 College Station, Texas 2.04% 31.86% 3.67% 82.12
8 Odessa, Texas -43.40% 20.39% 5.87% 81.14
9 Edinburg, Texas -27.08% 19.47% 6.50% 80.39
10 Amarillo, Texas -15.38% 10.22% 11.87% 79.94
11 Asheville, North Carolina -22.62% 26.02% -0.46% 77.56
12 Little Rock, Arkansas 4.69% 17.85% 5.75% 77.45
13 Sugar Land, Texas -12.20% 10.10% 8.73% 77.26
14 Richardson, Texas -23.73% 18.35% 3.07% 77.02
15 Jonesboro, Arkansas -20.37% 16.50% 3.80% 76.61
16 Grand Prairie, Texas 3.12% 12.85% 7.32% 76.57
17 Fayetteville, North Carolina -2.41% 12.37% 7.21% 76.55
18 Centennial, Colorado -27.78% 6.60% 8.71% 76.50
19 Sunnyvale, California -21.33% 14.99% 4.24% 76.34
20 Alexandria, Virginia -24.44% 5.27% 9.41% 76.29
21 Lawrence, Kansas -18.00% 20.91% 0.52% 75.85
22 Irving, Texas -20.00% 11.13% 5.14% 75.28
23 Longmont, Colorado -27.59% 12.91% 3.57% 75.22
24 Corpus Christi, Texas -36.07% 17.03% 0.53% 75.07
25 Norman, Oklahoma -11.11% 9.01% 6.18% 74.71
26 Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia -33.77% 8.32% 5.06% 74.69
27 Frisco, Texas -45.83% 9.53% 3.52% 74.63
28 Lake Charles, Louisiana -3.92% -5.04% 14.27% 74.53
29 Wichita Falls, Texas -19.51% 12.87% 3.09% 74.40
30 Loveland, Colorado -16.18% 9.30% 5.01% 74.18
31 Boulder, Colorado -23.08% 17.32% -0.10% 74.03
32 Washington, District of Columbia -4.05% 12.30% 3.83% 73.95
33 Billings, Montana -28.57% 2.08% 7.71% 73.76
34 Lafayette, Indiana -29.81% 15.42% -0.41% 73.30
35 Roanoke, Virginia 5.66% 10.90% 3.76% 72.78
36 Denver, Colorado -26.09% 8.79% 2.70% 72.64
37 Pleasanton, California -45.33% 10.37% 0.42% 72.53
38 McKinney, Texas -40.00% 5.87% 3.23% 72.49
39 Missoula, Montana 21.28% 31.48% -7.14% 72.45
40 Newton, Massachusetts 5.71% 15.60% 0.66% 72.40
41 Carmel, Indiana -22.22% 19.85% -3.55% 72.39
42 Rochester Hills, Michigan -51.22% 15.90% -3.41% 72.25
43 Duluth, Minnesota 14.81% 23.93% -3.84% 72.06
44 Irvine, California 15.91% 13.33% 2.11% 72.02
45 Tuscaloosa, Alabama -8.11% 5.00% 5.18% 72.01
46 Milpitas, California 13.56% 18.43% -1.08% 71.87
47 Clarksville, Tennessee -2.78% -2.45% 9.52% 71.87
48 Lincoln, Nebraska -15.09% 7.53% 3.09% 71.83
49 Arlington, Virginia -26.67% 4.42% 3.83% 71.64
50 Bloomington, Indiana 58.82% 16.28% 2.67% 71.55
51 Albany, New York -18.84% 14.20% -1.98% 70.96
52 Murfreesboro, Tennessee -20.83% 10.19% 0.11% 70.95
53 St. Cloud, Minnesota -14.55% 22.42% -6.39% 70.90
54 Iowa City, Iowa -62.50% 2.68% 1.43% 70.82
55 Kendall, Florida -17.81% 10.36% -0.03% 70.75
56 Austin, Texas -7.14% 4.63% 3.64% 70.58
57 Allen, Texas -32.69% 6.17% 1.06% 70.54
58 Dothan, Alabama 9.80% 9.42% 2.01% 70.53
59 Berkeley, California -8.47% 8.68% 1.09% 70.42
60 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma -12.50% 4.69% 3.00% 70.37
61 Anchorage, Alaska -14.81% -0.35% 5.42% 70.18
62 Shreveport, Louisiana -8.20% 6.58% 1.75% 70.00
63 Cheektowaga, New York -10.42% 9.31% -0.21% 69.77
64 Sioux Falls, South Dakota -29.27% 2.60% 2.18% 69.67
65 Santa Clara, California -23.94% 11.70% -2.66% 69.59
66 Tallahassee, Florida 8.43% 16.25% -3.23% 69.48
67 Yakima, Washington 25.71% 13.41% -0.58% 69.43
68 Killeen, Texas 44.23% 8.38% 3.44% 69.43
69 Plano, Texas -27.08% 5.62% 0.28% 69.39
70 Round Rock, Texas -36.14% 2.77% 1.27% 69.38
71 Gastonia, North Carolina -9.09% 10.59% -1.43% 69.31
72 Bloomington, Illinois -14.29% 8.67% -0.82% 69.21
73 Waterloo, Iowa 13.11% 24.50% -8.06% 69.07
74 El Paso, Texas 48.78% 10.65% 1.99% 69.06
75 Alhambra, California -14.29% 10.35% -2.05% 68.98
76 Miami Beach, Florida 45.45% -6.44% 11.15% 68.91
77 Edmond, Oklahoma 9.09% 3.15% 3.40% 68.90
78 Kalamazoo, Michigan -50.37% 10.45% -4.62% 68.86
79 Redwood City, California -38.81% 12.71% -5.18% 68.82
80 Erie, Pennsylvania -5.88% 3.53% 2.04% 68.77
81 Cambridge, Massachusetts -30.43% 10.17% -3.41% 68.66
82 Merced, California 25.56% 10.81% -0.21% 68.58
83 Rapid City, South Dakota -9.76% 4.66% 0.89% 68.56
84 Fort Smith, Arkansas -13.33% 6.46% -0.46% 68.47
85 Lubbock, Texas 2.04% 3.39% 1.97% 68.25
86 Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky -9.62% -0.30% 3.14% 68.14
87 Columbus, Georgia 5.45% 14.55% -4.26% 68.07
88 Columbia, South Carolina -10.14% 7.81% -1.69% 67.93
89 O’Fallon, Missouri -46.15% 15.25% -8.32% 67.84
90 Tyler, Texas -22.22% -3.78% 3.82% 67.79
91 Topeka, Kansas -16.67% 3.48% 0.00% 67.69
92 Indio, California 14.61% 3.44% 2.05% 67.69
93 Tulsa, Oklahoma 10.64% 5.24% 0.74% 67.65
94 Wichita, Kansas -23.19% -1.42% 2.25% 67.64
95 Lakewood, Colorado -11.94% -0.50% 2.35% 67.55
96 Aurora, Colorado 18.03% 10.04% -1.61% 67.53
97 Livermore, California -26.23% 7.77% -3.30% 67.47
98 Muncie, Indiana -16.00% 16.16% -7.34% 67.46
99 Alameda, California -8.96% 7.57% -2.23% 67.34
100 Westminster, Colorado -3.08% 7.55% -1.86% 67.32
101 Kennewick, Washington -19.61% -0.21% 1.38% 67.31
102 Yorba Linda, California 47.62% 12.34% -1.25% 67.31
103 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 9.52% 5.06% 0.30% 67.27
104 Lee’s Summit, Missouri 11.11% 0.16% 3.10% 67.24
105 Eau Claire, Wisconsin -16.18% 1.21% 0.73% 67.24
106 Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky -10.39% 3.84% -0.58% 67.07
107 Layton, Utah -70.00% 10.02% -7.96% 67.05
108 Fort Wayne, Indiana -30.11% 3.66% -1.88% 66.98
109 Redondo Beach, California -33.33% 10.02% -5.69% 66.95
110 Cary, North Carolina -37.78% 3.43% -2.33% 66.93
111 Pueblo, Colorado -11.25% 13.52% -6.23% 66.92
112 Temecula, California -24.36% 7.41% -3.68% 66.92
113 Birmingham, Alabama -17.39% 0.72% 0.46% 66.88
114 Buffalo, New York -13.04% 3.88% -1.06% 66.85
115 Suffolk, Virginia 10.87% 14.56% -5.62% 66.73
116 Silver Spring, Maryland -10.17% -3.18% 2.92% 66.72
117 Fort Collins, Colorado -12.70% 1.36% 0.12% 66.65
118 Appleton, Wisconsin -20.75% 0.88% -0.15% 66.64
119 Waco, Texas -5.36% 5.32% -1.64% 66.63
120 Huntsville, Alabama -13.51% -1.98% 1.74% 66.49
121 Naperville, Illinois -33.33% 11.21% -6.99% 66.45
122 Buena Park, California -14.75% 19.20% -10.28% 66.42
123 Santa Ana, California -21.92% 0.72% -0.45% 66.39
124 San Antonio, Texas 11.76% 7.08% -1.84% 66.37
125 Des Moines, Iowa -1.82% 5.34% -1.91% 66.24
126 Davenport, Iowa 21.95% 6.50% -1.08% 66.18
127 Wilmington, Delaware -20.41% 11.89% -6.87% 66.18
128 Springfield, Missouri -11.27% 4.30% -2.06% 66.15
129 Metairie, Louisiana 7.50% -5.47% 4.55% 66.10
130 Bellevue, Washington -26.00% 10.97% -6.85% 66.08
131 Overland Park, Kansas -26.19% 2.58% -2.20% 66.05
132 Olathe, Kansas -20.69% 2.44% -1.80% 66.03
133 Canton, Ohio -23.81% 7.46% -4.88% 65.97
134 Carrollton, Texas -26.56% 3.49% -2.90% 65.92
135 Quincy, Massachusetts -13.92% 2.29% -1.41% 65.92
136 Syracuse, New York 16.92% -4.22% 4.15% 65.84
137 Raleigh, North Carolina -10.94% 3.24% -1.86% 65.83
138 Nashua, New Hampshire -38.89% 9.47% -7.28% 65.74
139 Dallas, Texas -1.56% 3.83% -1.77% 65.68
140 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 0.00% 5.12% -2.67% 65.45
141 Wilmington, North Carolina -7.69% 29.72% -17.01% 65.39
142 San Francisco, California -22.06% 3.17% -3.19% 65.32
143 Springfield, Illinois 3.57% -1.15% 0.87% 65.30
144 Schaumburg, Illinois -28.57% 7.62% -6.17% 65.26
145 Pasadena, California -2.67% 6.73% -4.00% 65.25
146 Fort Worth, Texas -22.06% 6.54% -5.18% 65.24
147 Indianapolis, Indiana -16.48% 1.43% -2.08% 65.15
148 Peoria, Illinois -18.18% -8.83% 3.49% 65.10
149 Lewisville, Texas 8.89% -5.00% 3.10% 65.09
150 Glendale, California -3.17% 2.15% -1.70% 65.07
151 Durham, North Carolina -9.52% 6.93% -4.90% 64.98
152 Lynwood, California -17.20% 22.44% -14.40% 64.72
153 Framingham, Massachusetts 87.50% 10.21% -0.89% 64.59
154 Clifton, New Jersey -22.58% 10.72% -8.38% 64.59
155 Champaign, Illinois 51.43% 20.14% -8.89% 64.53
156 Columbia, Maryland -30.51% 7.96% -7.47% 64.50
157 Evansville, Indiana 8.16% -1.34% 0.22% 64.47
158 Joliet, Illinois -16.47% 14.15% -10.08% 64.45
159 Abilene, Texas 41.94% -1.81% 2.58% 64.38
160 Greeley, Colorado -27.06% 4.13% -5.39% 64.27
161 Lynchburg, Virginia -40.28% -3.66% -1.92% 64.25
162 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1.72% 6.47% -4.97% 64.15
163 San Jose, California -13.16% 4.70% -5.09% 64.04
164 San Diego, California 7.27% 4.16% -3.46% 64.04
165 Arlington, Texas -3.03% 0.68% -2.34% 63.91
166 Mobile, Alabama -9.41% 0.48% -2.72% 63.86
167 Corona, California -31.07% 1.40% -4.76% 63.77
168 Missouri City, Texas -20.34% 1.30% -4.06% 63.73
169 Greensboro, North Carolina 8.70% 1.66% -2.43% 63.67
170 Gainesville, Florida 1.89% 5.45% -5.05% 63.63
171 Winston-Salem, North Carolina 3.61% -5.57% 1.19% 63.60
172 Huntington Beach, California 1.56% 4.56% -4.65% 63.57
173 Evanston, Illinois -1.85% 0.75% -2.75% 63.57
174 Colorado Springs, Colorado 5.17% -0.68% -1.59% 63.48
175 Santa Barbara, California 10.64% 9.74% -7.10% 63.45
176 High Point, North Carolina -16.48% 6.56% -7.10% 63.45
177 Carlsbad, California -21.82% -3.96% -1.62% 63.41
178 Plantation, Florida -3.85% 12.68% -9.76% 63.39
179 Waukesha, Wisconsin -28.57% 4.27% -6.69% 63.39
180 Montgomery, Alabama -1.64% -0.08% -2.52% 63.37
181 Charlotte, North Carolina -6.17% 2.35% -4.33% 63.25
182 Arvada, Colorado -7.41% -6.71% 0.58% 63.18
183 Jackson, Mississippi 25.00% -5.20% 1.81% 63.16
184 Rochester, New York 18.06% 0.71% -2.09% 63.04
185 Davie, Florida -7.89% 4.55% -6.09% 62.92
186 Green Bay, Wisconsin -35.00% -5.58% -2.23% 62.89
187 Nashville-Davidson metropolitan government, Tennessee -13.24% -4.70% -1.32% 62.87
188 Madison, Wisconsin -18.87% 3.20% -6.18% 62.82
189 Mission Viejo, California -40.51% -0.03% -5.79% 62.81
190 Independence, Missouri -25.88% -2.29% -3.59% 62.80
191 Thornton, Colorado -21.82% 3.92% -7.02% 62.63
192 Pasadena, Texas 40.00% 10.20% -6.57% 62.57
193 Chula Vista, California 13.89% 5.72% -5.84% 62.51
194 Seattle, Washington -15.69% 5.97% -8.01% 62.43
195 Rochester, Minnesota -43.24% -1.09% -5.87% 62.42
196 Manchester, New Hampshire -3.17% 12.16% -10.74% 62.36
197 Garland, Texas -14.29% 0.30% -4.86% 62.35
198 Houston, Texas 15.79% -0.23% -2.66% 62.30
199 Gulfport, Mississippi -11.76% 2.15% -5.81% 62.28
200 Laredo, Texas -38.30% -4.14% -4.10% 62.22
201 Fontana, California -11.76% 3.21% -6.53% 62.18
202 Fremont, California 0.00% 0.12% -4.10% 62.13
203 Columbus, Ohio -10.61% 5.98% -8.10% 62.10
204 St. Charles, Missouri -38.33% 1.57% -7.51% 62.05
205 Yonkers, New York 39.58% 4.19% -4.00% 61.96
206 Escondido, California -34.29% -7.06% -2.55% 61.95
207 Las Cruces, New Mexico 53.97% 8.80% -5.66% 61.94
208 Bellingham, Washington 9.86% 17.13% -13.34% 61.84
209 Rock Hill, South Carolina 26.25% 2.52% -4.10% 61.83
210 Boston, Massachusetts -19.75% -7.75% -1.41% 61.80
211 Lawton, Oklahoma 33.33% -2.79% -0.76% 61.76
212 Roswell, Georgia -18.97% 1.61% -6.64% 61.76
213 Omaha, Nebraska -3.64% -3.08% -3.12% 61.68
214 Albuquerque, New Mexico 18.75% 1.75% -4.38% 61.66
215 Allentown, Pennsylvania -15.05% 7.41% -9.75% 61.66
216 Sioux City, Iowa 33.33% -3.26% -0.65% 61.64
217 Hayward, California -15.84% -1.89% -4.68% 61.60
218 Concord, California -14.08% 3.63% -7.67% 61.59
219 Highlands Ranch, Colorado -40.91% -10.14% -1.74% 61.58
220 Kansas City, Missouri -1.52% -0.29% -4.77% 61.50
221 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania -6.90% -4.46% -2.83% 61.46
222 Oxnard, California 26.32% 11.97% -9.88% 61.44
223 San Mateo, California 21.15% -3.11% -1.80% 61.43
224 Lafayette, Louisiana 29.41% -10.19% 2.64% 61.38
225 Charleston, South Carolina -12.90% 2.76% -7.50% 61.28
226 Union City, New Jersey 5.75% 0.00% -4.84% 61.19
227 Garden Grove, California -5.48% -5.63% -2.53% 61.12
228 Virginia Beach, Virginia 9.52% 3.93% -7.06% 60.99
229 Anaheim, California -4.76% 0.56% -6.26% 60.87
230 Ann Arbor, Michigan -30.19% 0.71% -8.03% 60.85
231 St. Louis, Missouri -6.25% -8.06% -1.57% 60.84
232 Spokane, Washington -22.78% 5.10% -10.14% 60.74
233 Portland, Oregon -19.05% 3.89% -9.22% 60.74
234 Columbia, Missouri 24.32% -6.27% -0.78% 60.68
235 Lynn, Massachusetts 17.46% 4.88% -7.48% 60.66
236 Dale City, Virginia 0.00% -0.99% -5.47% 60.56
237 Baldwin Park, California 11.76% 0.28% -5.51% 60.49
238 El Cajon, California 51.39% -2.39% -1.44% 60.47
239 Mountain View, California -12.77% -1.17% -6.32% 60.47
240 St. Paul, Minnesota -2.74% 15.85% -15.21% 60.44
241 Concord, North Carolina -10.34% 5.28% -9.83% 60.42
242 Beaumont, Texas 18.75% -11.32% 1.33% 60.40
243 West Jordan, Utah -8.06% 8.35% -11.47% 60.36
244 New Rochelle, New York -16.07% 3.66% -9.50% 60.26
245 Oceanside, California -26.39% 0.41% -8.37% 60.25
246 Costa Mesa, California -9.09% -4.39% -4.57% 60.24
247 Brockton, Massachusetts -28.70% 4.01% -10.69% 60.13
248 Ogden, Utah -36.59% 0.09% -9.08% 60.07
249 South Bend, Indiana -18.42% -0.52% -7.57% 60.06
250 Knoxville, Tennessee -13.46% 0.92% -8.20% 59.94
251 North Charleston, South Carolina -18.87% 3.56% -10.07% 59.91
252 Hampton, Virginia 0.00% 2.22% -8.13% 59.88
253 New York, New York 4.62% 1.72% -7.63% 59.82
254 Fayetteville, Arkansas 26.19% -4.78% -2.66% 59.76
255 Eugene, Oregon -23.53% -1.24% -7.95% 59.71
256 Sandy, Utah -40.35% -0.47% -9.52% 59.67
257 Clearwater, Florida -16.39% 8.63% -13.05% 59.67
258 Denton, Texas 42.86% -2.22% -3.13% 59.66
259 Rancho Cucamonga, California 8.33% 1.39% -7.45% 59.62
260 Bloomington, Minnesota -34.33% 1.14% -10.17% 59.56
261 Vista, California -53.16% -18.91% -0.23% 59.53
262 Lowell, Massachusetts 23.81% -3.21% -4.03% 59.49
263 Santa Clarita, California -7.35% 0.66% -8.27% 59.46
264 Dayton, Ohio -31.71% -0.73% -9.16% 59.40
265 Athens-Clarke County, Georgia 22.00% 1.51% -7.02% 59.31
266 Hoover, Alabama -55.56% -5.00% -8.55% 59.22
267 Kansas City, Kansas -18.00% 3.53% -10.96% 59.15
268 Waterbury, Connecticut -21.36% 16.61% -18.62% 59.05
269 St. Joseph, Missouri 34.09% -5.32% -2.90% 58.93
270 Orange, California 3.28% -3.48% -5.98% 58.89
271 Portsmouth, Virginia 29.85% -1.38% -5.52% 58.82
272 Scranton, Pennsylvania 44.23% -7.21% -1.45% 58.72
273 Mesquite, Texas -12.24% -5.29% -6.23% 58.70
274 Akron, Ohio -7.14% -0.75% -8.45% 58.69
275 Rio Rancho, New Mexico -6.38% -2.15% -7.69% 58.63
276 San Leandro, California -34.00% 6.57% -14.38% 58.62
277 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 13.25% -4.48% -5.13% 58.61
278 Decatur, Illinois 83.05% 0.71% -3.61% 58.51
279 Livonia, Michigan -32.39% 2.17% -12.03% 58.45
280 Minneapolis, Minnesota -4.41% 4.54% -11.59% 58.40
281 Folsom, California 16.00% 12.04% -14.48% 58.38
282 Burbank, California -6.67% -0.12% -9.25% 58.31
283 Pearland, Texas 59.38% -0.69% -4.64% 58.29
284 Reading, Pennsylvania -15.38% -10.28% -4.38% 58.12
285 Norwalk, California 6.85% 2.19% -9.96% 58.07
286 Beaverton, Oregon -17.50% -0.97% -9.85% 58.02
287 El Monte, California 36.36% -5.35% -3.91% 58.00
288 Memphis, Tennessee -2.17% -1.87% -8.38% 57.99
289 Grand Rapids, Michigan -14.29% 2.71% -11.75% 57.97
290 Passaic, New Jersey 120.00% 20.02% -12.72% 57.93
291 Albany, Georgia 81.82% -5.07% -1.23% 57.89
292 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 100.00% -4.06% -0.72% 57.81
293 Upland, California -55.36% -13.55% -5.60% 57.78
294 New Orleans, Louisiana -13.79% -5.78% -7.48% 57.58
295 South Gate, California -12.64% -0.99% -10.10% 57.57
296 Plymouth, Minnesota -33.33% 5.71% -15.20% 57.56
297 Vacaville, California 10.34% 7.82% -13.53% 57.55
298 Hillsboro, Oregon -34.44% 9.42% -17.37% 57.54
299 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 37.50% -7.79% -3.08% 57.52
300 Torrance, California 28.57% -3.70% -5.94% 57.52
301 Coral Springs, Florida 16.05% 6.50% -12.50% 57.49
302 Chino, California -25.61% -4.20% -9.47% 57.31
303 Daly City, California -14.77% -15.91% -2.23% 57.30
304 Fullerton, California 16.18% -9.13% -4.00% 57.30
305 Fall River, Massachusetts 5.21% -5.98% -6.49% 57.29
306 Sterling Heights, Michigan -23.86% 12.44% -18.90% 57.12
307 Camden, New Jersey -15.86% -4.00% -9.36% 56.98
308 Somerville, Massachusetts -23.44% -10.56% -6.28% 56.91
309 Ontario, California -29.63% -2.27% -11.35% 56.89
310 Clovis, California -1.43% 0.25% -10.96% 56.85
311 West Covina, California 27.78% -0.99% -8.41% 56.82
312 New Bedford, Massachusetts -14.12% 6.29% -15.26% 56.78
313 Danbury, Connecticut -30.88% -4.38% -10.48% 56.71
314 Warwick, Rhode Island 0.00% 4.00% -13.16% 56.70
315 Long Beach, California 3.85% -6.89% -6.96% 56.59
316 Spokane Valley, Washington 40.82% 6.55% -12.08% 56.57
317 Gary, Indiana -27.42% 0.37% -13.12% 56.55
318 San Marcos, California 25.00% -3.34% -7.74% 56.45
319 Moreno Valley, California -26.55% -8.07% -8.57% 56.37
320 Kenosha, Wisconsin 8.57% 5.55% -13.94% 56.33
321 Elk Grove, California -8.00% 6.10% -15.37% 56.30
322 Norfolk, Virginia 19.35% -0.23% -10.09% 56.26
323 Arden-Arcade, California 6.25% 0.82% -11.58% 56.22
324 Jersey City, New Jersey -16.88% -0.65% -12.38% 56.13
325 Racine, Wisconsin 30.86% 8.54% -14.52% 56.04
326 Baltimore, Maryland 24.36% 1.21% -10.87% 56.02
327 Los Angeles, California 3.85% -3.73% -9.45% 56.02
328 Stamford, Connecticut -26.00% 0.01% -13.52% 56.00
329 Bend, Oregon -39.47% -0.72% -14.01% 55.99
330 Salinas, California -31.25% 7.31% -18.01% 55.94
331 Lorain, Ohio 3.96% 11.18% -17.96% 55.88
332 Roseville, California -21.79% 3.82% -15.74% 55.71
333 Salt Lake City, Utah 9.26% -6.40% -8.05% 55.67
334 Carson, California 13.79% -0.31% -11.18% 55.65
335 Simi Valley, California 23.21% 4.32% -13.20% 55.61
336 Salem, Oregon 55.88% 10.57% -14.58% 55.60
337 Santa Maria, California 1.43% -6.93% -8.35% 55.60
338 Cincinnati, Ohio 14.49% -7.83% -7.06% 55.55
339 Downey, California -5.97% 1.20% -13.50% 55.51
340 Gilbert, Arizona -25.86% 6.62% -17.86% 55.48
341 Orem, Utah -6.67% 5.09% -15.84% 55.41
342 Wyoming, Michigan -24.75% 8.11% -18.72% 55.40
343 Troy, Michigan -21.43% -3.91% -11.95% 55.28
344 Toms River, New Jersey -27.16% -12.15% -7.74% 55.26
345 Richmond, Virginia -18.57% 3.40% -15.98% 55.17
346 New Britain, Connecticut 30.49% -6.96% -6.98% 55.17
347 St. Petersburg, Florida -6.94% 9.49% -18.70% 55.11
348 Newport News, Virginia 22.64% -4.19% -9.24% 55.01
349 Longview, Texas 30.00% -3.45% -9.27% 54.94
350 Boise City, Idaho -18.31% -0.94% -13.87% 54.90
351 Boca Raton, Florida 11.67% -0.94% -11.92% 54.90
352 Whittier, California -10.61% -8.95% -8.97% 54.84
353 Chesapeake, Virginia 47.06% 1.80% -11.22% 54.84
354 Savannah, Georgia 40.00% -0.50% -10.50% 54.76
355 Provo, Utah -12.70% 2.88% -15.84% 54.75
356 Brownsville, Texas 68.00% -7.82% -4.64% 54.71
357 Antioch, California -27.08% 3.85% -17.50% 54.61
358 Tracy, California -2.25% -13.14% -6.53% 54.49
359 Rialto, California -15.63% -3.56% -12.85% 54.42
360 Parma, Ohio -31.51% -5.33% -12.96% 54.37
361 Santa Rosa, California -13.70% -3.68% -12.92% 54.21
362 Bakersfield, California 15.07% 1.93% -14.37% 54.06
363 Milwaukee, Wisconsin -2.30% -2.37% -13.16% 54.02
364 Chandler, Arizona -34.29% 2.73% -18.26% 53.89
365 Cranston, Rhode Island 7.02% 0.15% -14.14% 53.88
366 Sandy Springs, Georgia -46.77% -16.61% -8.37% 53.81
367 Springfield, Massachusetts 26.58% -13.46% -5.34% 53.80
368 Lakewood, California -15.00% -2.69% -14.22% 53.69
369 Sacramento, California 6.74% 3.05% -16.02% 53.68
370 Hammond, Indiana 21.43% -7.09% -9.44% 53.65
371 Tacoma, Washington 0.00% 5.31% -17.78% 53.64
372 Oakland, California 16.00% -6.37% -10.22% 53.63
373 Inglewood, California 22.62% -5.88% -10.18% 53.54
374 Westminster, California -13.79% -11.99% -9.18% 53.51
375 Toledo, Ohio -16.80% -2.07% -15.07% 53.39
376 Peoria, Arizona -35.94% 0.42% -17.89% 53.25
377 Worcester, Massachusetts -3.95% -8.27% -10.95% 53.24
378 Chino Hills, California -14.67% -17.07% -6.88% 53.12
379 Cape Coral, Florida -9.18% 1.20% -16.76% 53.11
380 Palatine, Illinois -8.06% -2.44% -14.75% 53.03
381 Cleveland, Ohio -12.50% -1.74% -15.48% 52.99
382 Farmington Hills, Michigan -15.09% -5.74% -13.48% 52.94
383 East Los Angeles, California 16.46% 4.86% -17.40% 52.89
384 San Buenaventura (Ventura), California 1.59% -0.53% -15.45% 52.82
385 Riverside, California 5.62% -6.82% -11.89% 52.65
386 Scottsdale, Arizona 18.92% 0.62% -15.33% 52.53
387 Pompano Beach, Florida -16.05% 11.51% -23.72% 52.51
388 Union City, California 6.56% -2.48% -14.66% 52.32
389 Murrieta, California -21.11% -15.63% -9.17% 52.29
390 Pawtucket, Rhode Island 13.70% 9.82% -21.15% 52.27
391 Lancaster, California -10.00% -3.85% -15.12% 52.21
392 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 14.67% 5.92% -19.06% 52.14
393 Stockton, California -7.14% -5.27% -14.29% 52.10
394 Thousand Oaks, California 25.42% -13.41% -7.74% 51.99
395 Paterson, New Jersey 41.51% 9.38% -19.56% 51.89
396 Lake Forest, California -24.53% -12.89% -11.46% 51.87
397 Rockford, Illinois 12.79% 1.01% -16.94% 51.75
398 Norwalk, Connecticut -9.68% -2.99% -16.31% 51.64
399 Greenville, North Carolina 6.06% -11.70% -10.46% 51.60
400 Hawthorne, California 10.77% -22.11% -4.39% 51.55
401 Palmdale, California -5.56% -7.99% -13.38% 51.54
402 Santa Fe, New Mexico -8.75% -9.02% -13.12% 51.45
403 Hartford, Connecticut 17.92% -1.93% -15.45% 51.36
404 Bellflower, California 47.73% -10.20% -8.89% 51.36
405 Chico, California -21.88% -5.77% -15.94% 51.33
406 Arlington Heights, Illinois -25.00% 4.09% -21.83% 51.20
407 Redlands, California -36.49% -8.29% -15.67% 51.19
408 Napa, California 27.78% -0.14% -16.27% 51.00
409 Bolingbrook, Illinois -62.37% -7.23% -18.29% 50.93
410 Compton, California 35.48% -7.46% -11.78% 50.91
411 Surprise, Arizona -3.70% 4.20% -21.10% 50.72
412 Tampa, Florida -13.68% -1.71% -18.58% 50.62
413 Gresham, Oregon -5.41% -5.37% -16.10% 50.54
414 Tustin, California 26.67% -15.74% -8.30% 50.47
415 Kenner, Louisiana 42.86% -17.05% -6.63% 50.37
416 Aurora, Illinois -13.95% -1.95% -18.86% 50.31
417 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota -19.75% -5.00% -17.79% 50.10
418 Modesto, California -2.68% -2.26% -18.30% 50.03
419 Vancouver, Washington -17.02% 0.04% -20.84% 49.78
420 Mission, Texas 96.88% -4.49% -10.90% 49.76
421 Manteca, California -12.17% -9.38% -15.32% 49.73
422 Chicago, Illinois 4.60% -1.14% -19.07% 49.54
423 West Valley City, Utah 24.24% -5.81% -15.43% 49.35
424 Visalia, California 4.29% 3.89% -22.16% 49.34
425 Federal Way, Washington -45.88% -8.90% -18.44% 49.22
426 Yuma, Arizona 17.19% 1.47% -20.22% 49.14
427 Fort Myers, Florida -23.15% 6.26% -25.94% 48.82
428 Lakeland, Florida -9.64% 11.06% -28.18% 48.48
429 San Bernardino, California 11.24% 3.52% -22.63% 48.45
430 Redding, California -21.69% -8.65% -18.12% 48.34
431 Youngstown, Ohio 1.15% -8.60% -16.92% 48.13
432 Baytown, Texas 32.31% -6.85% -15.87% 48.12
433 Port St. Lucie, Florida -23.36% -3.00% -21.77% 48.04
434 Turlock, California 14.29% -11.12% -14.82% 48.00
435 Mount Vernon, New York 0.00% -4.11% -19.89% 47.83
436 Elgin, Illinois 18.18% 2.16% -22.45% 47.64
437 Pomona, California 2.67% -5.46% -19.55% 47.36
438 Skokie, Illinois -20.00% -10.82% -18.47% 47.02
439 Sunrise, Florida -29.49% 4.19% -27.54% 46.98
440 Macon, Georgia 29.17% -13.57% -13.84% 46.93
441 Pembroke Pines, Florida -6.33% -2.15% -22.61% 46.88
442 Medford, Oregon -1.59% 7.43% -27.85% 46.72
443 Trenton, New Jersey 25.89% -4.79% -19.28% 46.68
444 Hemet, California 30.00% -2.87% -20.16% 46.62
445 Nampa, Idaho -47.87% -2.62% -25.68% 46.39
446 Tucson, Arizona 2.94% -0.59% -24.01% 45.98
447 New Haven, Connecticut 29.49% -4.57% -20.16% 45.90
448 Brandon, Florida 6.98% 4.66% -26.83% 45.86
449 Lansing, Michigan -13.79% -6.32% -22.26% 45.70
450 Citrus Heights, California 39.19% -3.69% -20.33% 45.65
451 Miramar, Florida -25.29% 10.37% -32.46% 45.61
452 Phoenix, Arizona -15.79% -6.23% -22.93% 45.32
453 Kent, Washington -4.08% -2.17% -24.59% 45.19
454 Westland, Michigan -18.89% -0.74% -26.39% 45.17
455 Largo, Florida 4.17% 1.17% -26.25% 44.93
456 Dearborn, Michigan -28.95% -1.63% -27.00% 44.81
457 East Orange, New Jersey -3.39% -11.08% -20.18% 44.71
458 Warren, Michigan -32.14% -5.36% -25.34% 44.64
459 Tempe, Arizona -21.13% -7.36% -23.53% 44.62
460 Boynton Beach, Florida -42.48% 6.28% -32.58% 44.59
461 Hollywood, Florida 1.30% -3.18% -24.48% 44.55
462 Mesa, Arizona -19.72% -4.43% -25.25% 44.48
463 Fairfield, California 31.03% -5.59% -21.55% 44.28
464 Providence, Rhode Island -20.39% -9.65% -23.59% 43.52
465 Orlando, Florida -18.10% 4.55% -31.63% 43.32
466 Glendale, Arizona -25.88% -8.53% -25.13% 43.08
467 Jacksonville, Florida 9.72% -7.58% -23.42% 43.02
468 Springdale, Arkansas 10.00% -13.13% -20.50% 42.86
469 Everett, Washington 26.32% -3.75% -24.91% 42.68
470 Miami, Florida 22.54% -2.41% -26.05% 42.57
471 Vallejo, California 23.00% -13.28% -19.97% 42.54
472 Henderson, Nevada 4.76% -4.70% -26.08% 42.45
473 Palm Coast, Florida -16.67% -12.28% -23.44% 42.29
474 Southfield, Michigan -8.89% -6.49% -26.54% 42.00
475 Hialeah, Florida 17.91% -2.43% -27.12% 41.96
476 Bridgeport, Connecticut 57.65% -5.95% -22.74% 41.81
477 Richmond, California -33.33% -6.83% -28.26% 41.76
478 Atlanta, Georgia 15.48% -7.03% -25.00% 41.72
479 Town ‘n’ Country, Florida -22.92% -0.47% -31.22% 41.69
480 Pittsburg, California 36.67% -3.61% -25.64% 41.64
481 Victorville, California -8.41% -12.02% -23.99% 41.55
482 Elizabeth, New Jersey 27.40% -3.33% -26.78% 41.33
483 Lehigh Acres, Florida -7.09% -14.24% -23.41% 40.96
484 Fresno, California 16.85% -11.19% -23.59% 40.93
485 Reno, Nevada -20.25% -9.69% -27.18% 40.67
486 St. George, Utah -19.05% -12.40% -25.75% 40.54
487 Las Vegas, Nevada -7.22% -6.91% -28.32% 40.32
488 Newark, New Jersey 41.00% -12.99% -21.98% 40.17
489 Enterprise, Nevada -12.70% -11.44% -26.45% 40.09
490 Sparks, Nevada 5.95% -3.72% -29.79% 39.90
491 Avondale, Arizona 10.61% -11.90% -25.29% 39.60
492 Lauderhill, Florida -8.73% -13.34% -26.34% 39.14
493 Deerfield Beach, Florida 26.39% 8.03% -36.54% 38.70
494 Hesperia, California -23.15% -19.55% -24.40% 38.67
495 West Palm Beach, Florida -15.00% -7.99% -30.97% 38.17
496 North Las Vegas, Nevada -12.82% -10.95% -29.40% 37.99
497 Paradise, Nevada 13.75% -10.91% -28.32% 37.48
498 Spring Hill, Florida 20.24% -9.28% -29.52% 36.93
499 Waukegan, Illinois 32.81% -14.37% -26.53% 36.39
500 Apple Valley, California -37.00% -24.92% -26.98% 34.99
501 Melbourne, Florida 17.86% -6.69% -33.67% 34.93
502 Spring Valley, Nevada -18.60% -14.53% -32.39% 34.35
503 Lawrence, Massachusetts 416.00% -3.01% -10.67% 34.18
504 Palm Bay, Florida 5.95% -11.39% -33.29% 33.76
505 Flint, Michigan 10.26% 0.37% -41.81% 32.01
506 Sunrise Manor, Nevada 17.82% -14.56% -34.63% 30.70
507 Deltona, Florida -23.08% -13.23% -38.23% 30.56
508 Miami Gardens, Florida 14.16% -16.28% -36.18% 28.91
509 Detroit, Michigan -5.88% -9.57% -41.64% 28.60
510 Cicero, Illinois 7.45% -18.57% -39.75% 25.43

Methodology

The overall score for each city was calculated from the following measures:

  1. 2009-2012 change in percentage of unemployment in civilian labor force from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey
  2. 2009-2012 change in median household income from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey
  3. 2009-2012 change in median home value from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey

The changes in unemployment and median household income were half weighted.

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