American cities with the highest GDP
While this year has been good for the U.S. economy overall, that doesn't tell the whole story. To find out where America's growth is most robust, it's essential to examine an economy's growth domestic product, or GDP, which reveals the market value of total production by people and companies within a country's, state's, or city's lines in one year.
Studying GDP over time is a great indicator of economic growth and the speed by which an economy is changing. GDPs can also be used in side-by-side comparisons for different locations, demonstrating where an economy is strongest or production healthiest—and where the contributions to our national GDP are highest or lowest.
To see which American cities have the highest GDP, Stacker looked at 2017 data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and U.S. Census estimates. The rankings were calculated by looking at each metro area’s current GDP, along with GDP figures per-capita, and the 2017 estimated GDP for each city. The metro areas are listed from highest to lowest current-dollar GDP per capita. Read on to see whether your city made the list—and if so, where it ranks.
#50. Carson City, NV
2017 current-dollar GDP: $3,545,000,000
2017 metro estimated population: 54,745
Current-dollar GDP per capita: $64,754.77
The government is Carson City’s biggest employer, and includes the Carson City School District and the City of Carson. Other major employers throughout the metropolis are Walmart Supercenter and Costco. The latest set of statistics available, July 2018, shows the unemployment rate of 4.3% was higher than the national average of 3.9%.
#49. Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA
#48. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
2017 current-dollar GDP: $385,542,000,000
2017 metro estimated population: 5,884,736
Current-dollar GDP per capita: $65,515.60
Twenty-six companies headquartered in Atlanta are in the 2018 Fortune 1000, and 15 are also ranked in the Fortune 500. Some of the best-known are Delta Air lines, The Home Depot, and The Coca-Cola Company. Key industries include technology, bioscience, and supply chain and manufacturing.
#47. Columbus, OH
2017 current-dollar GDP: $136,296,000,000
2017 metro estimated population: 2,078,725
Current-dollar GDP per capita: $65,567.11
The economy in Columbus is balanced between leading employers in government, technology, healthcare, insurance, education, and research. In addition to Ohio State University, the federal government, and the State of Ohio, major employers include JP Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, and Honda of America.
#46. Bloomington, IL
2017 current-dollar GDP: $12,370,000,000
2017 metro estimated population: 188,232
Current-dollar GDP per capita: $65,716.78
Bloomington's top employers include State Farm Insurance, Illinois State University, and COUNTRY Financial. The latest statistics show unemployment hovering at 4.2%, several ticks higher than the national average of 3.9%.
#45. Baton Rouge, LA
2017 current-dollar GDP: $54,988,000,000
2017 metro estimated population: 834,159
Current-dollar GDP per capita: $65,920.29
Private companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Turner Industries Group, and Performance Contractors are key to Baton Rouge's local economy. The city is one of the nation’s least-expensive places to do business, according to KPMG’s “Competitive Alternatives” guide to business costs.
#44. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
2017 current-dollar GDP: $105,427,000,000
2017 metro estimated population: 1,576,236
Current-dollar GDP per capita: $66,885.29
The economy here is fueled by healthcare, with top employers like Aurora Health Care, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, and Froedtert & Community Health. At mid-year, a strong majority of metro area businesses saw growth in sales, profits, and employment for 2018.
#43. Fargo, ND-MN
2017 current-dollar GDP: $16,279,000,000
2017 metro estimated population: 241,356
Current-dollar GDP per capita: $67,448.08
While its economy has historically depended on agriculture, Fargo has diversified in recent years. The city today enjoys an array of industries that are thriving, including technology, manufacturing, financial services, back-office operations, healthcare, and education. Key employers include Microsoft Business Solutions, Bobcat Co., and John Deere Electronic Solutions. The metropolitan area boasted an unemployment rate of just 2.1% in August of 2018.
#42. Cleveland-Elyria, OH
2017 current-dollar GDP: $138,980,000,000
2017 metro estimated population: 2,058,844
Current-dollar GDP per capita: $67,503.90
Cleveland has come a long way since being the first city after the Great Depression to default on its debts in 1978. The city has made significant strides to improve its economy since getting out of default in 1987; however, the city's average hourly wages ($23.52) are slightly lower than the national average of $24.32. Top employers in Cleveland include Sherwin-Williams, Parker Hannifin, and Applied Industrial Technologies.
#41. Urban Honolulu, HI
2017 current-dollar GDP: $67,495,000,000
2017 metro estimated population: 988,650
Current-dollar GDP per capita: $68,269.86
The largest industries in urban Honolulu include accommodation and food service, healthcare and social assistance, and retail. There are plenty of jobs here—the unemployment rate is well below the national average. But before you pack your bags for this city's sunny shores, keep in mind the cost of such a seemingly idyllic location: The cost of living in Honolulu is a whopping 88% higher than the national average.2018 All rights reserved.