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Old 06-04-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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Using various statistics such as wages, wage growth, job growth, number of welfare receipients, among other things, Policom does an annual ranking of the economic strength of every metropolitan and micropolitan area in the country.

For 2012, Nashville is ranked #4 in the country, by far the highest ranking metropolitan area in the state. Here's how Tennessee's metropolitan areas ranked among the USA's 366 metropolitan areas.

National rank...Metropolitan area...2011 rank

4...Nashville...8
50...Memphis...56
66...Knoxville...66
113...Chattanooga...118
145...Clarksville...177
247...Jackson...235
289...Johnson City...319
292...Cleveland...314
295...Kingsport-Bristol...321
338...Morristown...353

Here's how Tennessee's micropolitan areas ranked among the USA's 576 micropolitan areas.

National rank...Micropolitan area...2011 rank

85...Harriman...97
116...Cookeville...145
134...Tullahoma...148
149...Columbia...164
159...Sevierville...84
248...Shelbyville...274
335...Athens...331
337...Dyersburg...376
343...Crossville...253
395...Paris...371
442...Union City...355
449...Newport...508
456...Humboldt...462
458...Greeneville...387
473...McMinnville...424
490...Lewisburg...453
500...Brownsville...503
512...Martin...513
525...Lawrenceburg...529
554...La Follette...560

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Old 06-04-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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Originally Posted by JMT View Post
Using various statistics such as wages, wage growth, job growth, number of welfare receipients, among other things, Policom does an annual ranking of the economic strength of every metropolitan and micropolitan area in the country.

For 2012, Nashville is ranked #4 in the country, by far the highest ranking metropolitan area in the state. Here's how Tennessee's metropolitan areas ranked among the USA's 366 metropolitan areas.

National rank...Metropolitan area...2011 rank

4...Nashville...8
50...Memphis...56
66...Knoxville...66
113...Chattanooga...118
145...Clarksville...177
247...Jackson...235
289...Johnson City...319
292...Cleveland...314
295...Kingsport-Bristol...321
338...Morristown...353

Here's how Tennessee's micropolitan areas ranked among the USA's 576 micropolitan areas.

National rank...Micropolitan area...2011 rank

85...Harriman...97
116...Cookeville...145
134...Tullahoma...148
149...Columbia...164
159...Sevierville...84
248...Shelbyville...274
335...Athens...331
337...Dyersburg...376
343...Crossville...253
395...Paris...371
442...Union City...355
449...Newport...508
456...Humboldt...462
458...Greeneville...387
473...McMinnville...424
490...Lewisburg...453
500...Brownsville...503
512...Martin...513
525...Lawrenceburg...529
554...La Follette...560

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Cool. I was just about to post this.

I'm happy to see that the metro areas showed improvement for the most part, and aside from Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville look to be in good shape.

The micropolitan areas, on the other hand, look scary weak. There is a huge drop-off after the top 5 (and more after 6).


And since there are a huge number of these measured, I'll add the percentile ranks to give people some perspective on where these cities rank.

Metros:
Nashville - 99th
Memphis - 86th
Knoxville - 82nd
Chattanooga - 69th
Clarksville - 60th
-----------------------top half
Jackson - 33rd
Johnson City - 21st
Cleveland - 20th
Kingsport-Bristol - 19th
Morristown - 8th


Micros:
Harriman - 85th
Cookeville - 80th
Tullahoma - 77th
Columbia - 74th
Sevierville - 72nd
Shelbyville - 57th
-----------------------top half
Athens - 42nd
Dyersburg - 41st
Crossville - 40th
Paris - 31st
Union City - 23rd
Newport - 22nd
Humboldt - 21st
Greeneville - 20th
McMinnville - 18th
Lewisburg - 15th
Brownsville - 13th
Martin - 11th
Lawrenceburg - 9th
La Follette - 4th
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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What's doubly appalling is that many parts of TN are essentially bottom-feeding, even though TN is one of the most business friendly and low tax states in the Union. While some parts of the state are obviously doing well, it is shameful that government officials, academe, and industry have failed to address or adequately answer the challenges faced by smaller TN communities.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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What's doubly appalling is that many parts of TN are essentially bottom-feeding, even though TN is one of the most business friendly and low tax states in the Union. While some parts of the state are obviously doing well, it is shameful that government officials, academe, and industry have failed to address or adequately answer the challenges faced by smaller TN communities.
It's a free market society. Some cities and towns thrive and others don't. The Mass. town I was born in is like that. It thrived for awhile then the major industry was bought out by a conglomerate and the operations were moved overseas. This was many, many years ago. So the government did everything in its power to jump start the area going so far as to take the enormous buildings from the other entity and turn it into some sort of a Business/Education/Meeting place. It was quite impressive but it just didn't work. These things are cyclical. Sometimes government can attract business to an area and it works out but a lot of times it does not. Often, the corporation gets a sweetheart deal and the area hardly benefits. Regarding the educational institutions, I know that UT-Knoxville has partnered with business in many instances including with the Oak Ridge scientific corridor. I don't see the shame. As you said, Tenn. is one of the most business friendly states. You can't have government in every aspect of life.
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