Monday, May 17, 2010

Seattle #1 Strongest Economy in America, Mount Vernon #47

You are in downtown Mount Vernon, in the picture, looking north at a rainbow that seems to be hitting the bridge across the Skagit River that leads to West Mount Vernon and points beyond, like Anacortes.

A couple days ago a research firm named Policom ranked what they called Metro Area according how strong the various Metro Area's economy was, based on a couple dozen economic factors, like per capita earnings and medical costs.

I have no idea when Mount Vernon/Anacortes became a Metro area, but Policom ranks the Mount Vernon/Anacortes/Skagit Valley Metro Area as the 47th strongest economy in America, ahead of economic powerhouse areas, like Silicon Valley, which came in at #71.

Policom ranks Seattle as the #1 strongest economy in the United States in 2010. Olympia is #14, Portland #24. Check out, below, some of the other Pacific Northwest "Metro" Areas and how they rank, economy-wise, in 2010....

METRO AREA2010 RANK200920082007200620052004
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro (Ore., Wash.)24243049636460
Boise City-Nampa (Idaho)37654866787055
Bellingham (Wash.)427197126162192240
Bend (Ore.)434946617976101
Mount Vernon-Anacortes (Wash.)477098107122108127
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (Calif.)51416263748680
Bremerton-Silverdale (Wash.)648888106135155192
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland (Wash.)70125137175203237268
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (Calif.)71891041201208973
Spokane (Wash.)109119151194220229193
Medford (Ore.)120938693129102135
Coeur d'Alene (Idaho)124147161160144126109
Eugene-Springfield (Ore.)175148127140160130139
Salem (Ore.)212168158184217194168
Lewiston-Clarkston (Idaho, Wash.)235275283300326327306
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee (Wash.)269255285250277303293
Corvallis (Ore.)270263244222219176147
Yakima (Wash.)278309318304320325337
Longview (Wash.)290273305273294313341

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