Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Sat May 30th 2009 at 11:00am UTC

America’s Most Resilient Cities

Image courtesy of Kiplinger’s

My MPI colleague Kevin Stolarick lists the nation’s most economically “resilient” cities over at Kiplinger’s. His rankings are based on: current employment trends, historical employment, and unemployment performance; how the region did when national unemployment increased; the share of professional, knowledge, and creative jobs; and cost of living. Here’s the top ten.

  1. Huntsville, Alabama
  2. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Charlottesville, Virginia
  5. Athens, Georgia
  6. Olympia, Washington
  7. Madison, Wisconsin
  8. Austin, Texas
  9. Flagstaff, Arizona
  10. Raleigh, North Carolina

Detailed rankings of all 361 U.S. regions are here.

2 Responses to “America’s Most Resilient Cities”

  1. Mr. Mofo Says:

    Looking at this list something jumps out: Most of them are college towns.

  2. Wendy Says:

    College or government towns — both of which are someone recession proof or counter-cyclical with recessions. Also, lots of creative class type jobs working at universities, governments, and spin offs from universities. Makes sense.