City of Yuba City Ranked A "Best-Performing Small City”
City of Yuba City Ranked "Best-Performing Small City”
Posted on 02/11/2016

City of Yuba City
1201 Civic Center Boulevard
Yuba City, CA 95993  

Darin Gale
Telephone: 530-953-6886

Milken Institute Report Recognizes Strength in Job Growth, Wage Growth, Industry

               The City of Yuba City is proud to announce it was ranked as one of the 2015 “Best-Performing Small Cities” in America by the Milken Institute, which recognizes trends and factors that power regional growth. The City’s ranking is calculated using data related to job creation, wage gains and technology trends that shape current and potential growth patterns.               
               “We’re both fortunate and proud to be categorized with so many other great towns and cities,” said Mayor John Buckland. “This designation corroborates a fact we have known for years—Yuba City is a great place to live, work and raise a family. We continue to retain and attract great businesses, and Milken Institute Report supports our continued reputation as one of the best performing small cities in the United States.”               
             Overall, Yuba City ranked 26th in the nation in the Milken report. Only two other cities in California ranked higher.               
               The City’s most notable strides were in the realm of job growth, boosting ahead of nearly 100 other cities compared to rankings in previous years. The City also saw dramatic strides in its rankings for wage growth, high-tech GDP growth and high-tech GDP concentration.               
                “We know economic growth is critical to community vitality. Our strong wages, increasing output and plentiful jobs are positive indicators that our economy continues to expand,” said Rikki Shaffer, CEO of the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce. “This new ranking is a wonderful marker for our region’s reputation, for the community, and for our businesses.”               
                  The year-end ranking follows several other prestigious recognitions for Yuba City in the last two years, including an “A” long-term credit ranking in its most recent audit by Standard & Poors, a credit upgrade that recognized the City’s local economy and improved budgetary performance. Also, MSN recently named Yuba City one of 30 best-paying cities for police officers across the nation, an honor that follows a 2014 designation by expert financial advice website NerdWallet that Yuba City is one of the best places in California to raise a family, named third in the state for offering a wealth of opportunity for young families, from quality jobs to expansive recreation and high-achieving schools.               
                “Yuba City is not only a hub for job creation but a place where employment and businesses is sustained,” said Darin Gale, Economic Growth and Public Affairs Manager. “As we continue to see advances in our community’s economic well-being, it’s due as much to existing employers as the new industry that comes our way. We are improving every day and look forward to what this New Year will bring.”