One barometer of the economic health of American cities is the total value of the goods and services produced in a metropolitan area.
According to the Brookings Institution report, many dynamic cities have already exceeded economic output levels seen before the recession.
Of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, 28 of them regained their pre-recession levels at the end of 2009, posting new highs in output.
These output levels haven’t necessarily translated into job growth large enough to reemploy their population, but these are undoubtedly good signs.
The ten metro areas that have shown the best recovery in output:
1 Washington, DC-Northern Virginia-Maryland
2 Austin, Texas
3 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
4 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
5 San Antonio, TX
6 Honolulu, Hawaii
7 Albuquerque, New Mexico
8 Ogden, UT
9 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
10 McAllen-Mission, TX