2013’s economic superstar counties

Source: fourth-economy.com

Source: fourth-economy.com

Published annually by Fourth Economy Consulting of Pittsburgh, the Fourth Economy Index identifies those counties that are “ideally positioned to attract modern investment and managed economic growth.” The index is broken down into micro (<25,000 population) small (25,000-49,999), mid-sized (50,000-149,999), and large (150,000-499,999) counties based on population.  The following five metrics are utilized as foundations for determining future economic success:

  • Investment
  • Talent
  • Sustainability
  • Place
  • Diversity

Kalamazoo – Source: trialx.com

Below is a list of the Top 10 large counties as determined by the Fourth Economy Index –

  1. Durham County (Durham), North Carolina
  2. Sedgwick County (Wichita), Kansas
  3. Guilford County (Greensboro), North Carolina
  4. Linn County (Cedar Rapids), Iowa
  5. Onondaga County (Syracuse), New York
  6. Dakota County (Twin Cities), Minnesota
  7. Lehigh County (Allentown), Pennsylvania
  8. Polk County (Des Moines), Iowa
  9. Kalamazoo County (Kalamazoo), Michigan
  10. Hamilton County (Chattanooga), Tennessee

It is interesting to note that none of the Top 10 are from the New England, South Central, Rocky Mountain, or Pacific Coast states. Congratulations to all those counties that made the Top 10 for 2013.

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8 Responses to 2013’s economic superstar counties

  1. Erik says:

    Do you concur with Kalamazoo’s ranking?


  2. basil berchekas jr says:

    Very good ,Rick, very good.


  3. Al Boggs says:

    Congratulations to Kalamazoo County. It’s good to know that someone is working to bring Michigan’s economy back. I’m sure that if every county would put some effort to improve their economic conditions. Michigan’s economy would turn around much faster.


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