Study: Lawrence economy among worst in nation

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Even the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team isn't good enough to overcome Lawrence's performance in a recent economic study.

The Milken Institute recently published its 2012 Best-Performing Cities list, and Lawrence, a town of roughly 90,000 people 40 minutes west of Kansas City, finished second-to-last in a ranking of 179 small metropolitan areas.

The city, which dropped 79 spots from the organization's 2011 study, ranked poorly in five-year job growth, one-year job growth and one-year wage and salary growth, among other categories.

Logan, Utah, took the top spot in the rankings. Several Missouri cities performed well in the study, with Columbia taking the best position at No. 10. St. Joseph ranked 29, while Joplin placed in the top 50 at No. 44.

Topeka, Kan., also included in the small-metro study, ranked 144 out of 179. In the large city category, Wichita, Kan., ranked 146 out of 200. Kansas City ranked No. 104.

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