Title Year Organization Ranking
The 50 Best Cities for New College Grads 2017 MONEY 13th
Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier Two New and Expanded Facilities in 2016 (Metros with population 200,000 to 1 million) 2017 Site Selection 2nd
Top Ten Mississippi River Corridor Metros, Per Capita Corporate Facility Projects 2017 Site Selection 1st
Top States for Doing Business 2016 Area Development 5th
Quality of Life 2016 Business Facilities 4th
Top 10 Regional “South” MSAs 2016 Area Development 1st
Competitive States for Business Costs 2016 KPMG 1st
Cost-Friendly Business Location Among Mid-Sized Cities 2016 KPMG 1st
Area Development Leading Locations 2016 Area Development 31st
Best States for Young People 2016 MoneyRates.com 6th
Competitive Alternatives (Cost-Friendly Cities for Business) 2016 KPMG 2nd
10 U.S. Metro Areas with Highest Level of Manufacturing Productivity 2016 Garner Economics, LLC 6th
Top Five Mississippi River Corridor Metros, Total Corporate Facility Projects 2016 Site Selection 3rd
Top 10 Mississippi River Corridor Metros, Per Capita Corporate Facility Projects 2016 Site Selection 6th
Fastest Growing Metro Economies 2015 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis 17th
Top Metros by region (South Central Region) 2015 Site Selection 10th
Top Metros by Number of Projects (Metros with Population 200,000 to 1 Million) 2015 Site Selection 5th
Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier Two New and Expanded Facilities (Metros with populations 200,000 to 1 Million) 2015 Site Selection 5th
Best Cities in the Nation for Women Entrepreneurs to Start a Business 2015 GoodCall 3rd
Most Business-Friendly States 2015 Thumbtack.com Top 5
Top State Business Climate 2015 Site Selection 5th
Economic Development in the Chemical and Plastics Industry 2015 Site Selection 2nd
Top Places for Education (Baton Rouge) 2015 Forbes 122nd
Top Places for Job Growth (Baton Rouge) 2015 Forbes 81st
Top Places for Doing Business (Baton Rouge) 2015 Forbes 32nd
Top Places for Business and Careers in the U.S. (Baton Rouge) 2015 Forbes 131st
Capital Investment and Job Creation in Louisiana 2015 Southern Business & Development 1st
Top Under the Radar Hub for Investing 2015 Investopedia Top 8
Best Mid-Size City for Information Jobs 2015 NewGeography.com 3rd
Area Development Leading Locations: Top Ten Southern Cities 2015 Area Development 3rd
Area Development Leading Locations 2015 Area Development Top 100
Top Payroll to Population Cities 2015 Gallup 9th
Job Growth in Louisiana Metro Areas Over the Last Twelve-Month Period Ending in March 2014-2015 Louisiana Workforce Commission 1st
Top Metro Area Exporters 2014 U.S. Commerce Department 42nd
Economic Competitiveness in Louisiana 2014 Site Selection 2nd
Largest 96 U.S. Cities that Experienced an Increase in Jobs Between 2000 and 2012 2014 Brookings Institute Top 29
Top 10 Metro Areas (Population Between 200,000 and 1 Million) for New and Expanded Corporate Facilities 2014 Site Selection 9th
Top City (Population Between 200,000 and 1 Million) for the Most Project Announcements in 2014 (Baton Rouge) 2014 Site Selection 2nd
Top 10 Metros for New Projects 2014 Site Selection 2nd
Best-Performing Cities Index 2014 Milken Institute 21st
Major Market of the year 2014 Southern Business & Development 1st
U.S. Cities for Cost Competitiveness 2014 KPMG’s 2014 Competitive Alternatives Report 1st
Cities Leading in Recession Recovery 2014 Wallethub 25th
Five Emerging Entrepreneurial Hubs 2013 Entrepreneur Magazine Top 5
Number One Metro for Economic Growth Potential 2013 Business Facilities 1st
Major Market of the Year 2013 Southern Business & Development 1st
America’s Engineering Hubs 2013 Forbes 14th
Best Cities for Savvy Young Families 2013 Credit Donkey 7th
Best Cities for Chemical Engineers 2013 ValuePenguin 3rd
Top 25 Places to Retire 2013 Forbes Top 25
South’s Best Foodie Cities for Groups 2013 ConventionSouth Magazine Top Selection for Gulf State Region
Best Cities for Information Jobs 2013 Forbes 7th
Best Cities in America to be Young, Broke, and Single 2013 moneyunder30.com 5th
Top Booming Suburbs in America 2013 Coldwell Banker Real Estate 2nd (Prarieville)
Southern Hospitality Cities 2013 ConventionSouth Magazine Top 15
Top American Hospitals 2013 U.S. News and World Report 6th in LA (tied)
Nation’s top Ten Economic Development Organizations 2012 Site Selection Magazine Top 10
Twenty-Five Best Places to Retire in 2013 2012 Forbes Top 25
Best Mid-Sized Metro Area for New and Expanded Corporate Facilities 2012 Site Selection Magazine 4th
Best Places to Live in America 2012 Areavibes 8th
Hardest Working Town 2012 Parade Magazine 11th
Healthiest Small Business Climate in the South 2012 The Business Journals 8th
Best Performing City for Construction Hiring 2012 Associated General Contractors of America 11th
Highest Output (GDP) among Metro Areas 2012 The Brookings Institution 10 out 100
Nation’s Top ten Economic Development Organizations 2011 Site Selection Magazine Top10
Best Mid-Sized Metro Area for New and Expanded Corporate Facilities 2011 Site Selection Magazine 1st
Top Ten Cities for Young Adults 2011 The Business Journals 10th
Nation’s Top Ten Economic Development Organizations 2010 Site Selection Magazine Top 10
Best Mid-Sized Metro Area for New and Expanded Corporate Facilities 2010 Site Selection Magazine 1st
Best Performing Metros Third Quarter 2010 2010 The Brookings Institution Top 20
2011 Q1 Economic Outlook Survey 2010 Manpower 1 out of 372
2010 Best Performing Large Cities 2010 Milken Institute 26 out of 200 Metros
Per Capita Income Growth Rate 2010 Portfolio.com 2 out of 100 Metros
Best Performing Metros Q2 2010 2010 The Brookings Institute Top 20
Low Business bankruptcies 2010 Equifax In top 15
America’s Strongest Job Markets 2010 Bloomberg BusinessWeek 11 out of 22
Best Mid-Sized City for Business Growth 2010 Southern Business & Development 1st
Small Business Vitality 100 Largest Metros 2010 Portfolio.com 2 out of 100
Best Performing Metros 1Q 2010 2010 The Brookings Institution Top 20
Best Performing Metros 4Q 2009 2010 The Brookings Institution Top 20
Small Business Vitality 2010 Portfolio.com 2nd in nation
Best Mid-Sized Cities for Jobs 2010 Forbes 2nd out of 10
Top Ten Mid-Markets of the Decade 2010 Southern Business & Development 2nd out of 10
Best Places for Business and Careers 2010 Forbes 129 out of 200
Best Cities for Young Adults 2010 Portfolio.com 2nd in nation
Projected Employment Growth 2010 The Daily Beast 3rd in nation
Lost Construction Jobs 2010 the Associated General Contractors of America 6th among states including D.C.
Most Economic Development Wins 2010 Site Selection Magazine 3rd in nation (metros with pop. 200k-1mil)
Nation’s top Ten Development Organization 2009 Site Selection Magazine Top 10
Best Performing Metro Areas During the Recession 2009 The Brookings Institution Strongest 20 metro areas
Best Bag-for-Your-Buck Cities 2009 Forbes 16th in nation
Fastest Recovering Metros 2009 Forbes 10th in nation
Best Performing Metros 2009 2009 Milken Institute 18th in nation
Best Places to Launch a Small Business 2009 2009 CNN Money 9th among -mid-sized metros
Top Job Markets in the Country 2009 The Business Journals 3rd in nation
Top Markets for Income Growth 2009 The Business Journals 8th in nation
Best Performing Metro Areas During the Recession 2009 The Brookings Institution 8th in nation
Places Where Homebuyers are Most Likely to See an Investment from Buying a House (Hottest 10 Buyers’ Markets) 2009 Housing Predictor 7th in nation (up from 9th)
America’s Most Robustly Growing Medium-Sized Cities for Jobs 2009 New Geography 7th in nation
America’s Twenty-Five Strongest Housing Markets 2009 Forbes 18th in nation
Best Cities for Riding Out a Recession 2008 Bloomberg BusinessWeek Top 10 City