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According to one ranking system, Spokane’s economy is ‘resilient’

Patrick Jones, who heads the Eastern Washington University Community Indicators Project, sent this our way. A University of California Berkeley economics institute has developed what it calls a “resilience capacity index,” and it applied the index to cities across the country.

The full report can be found here.

The RCI ranks metros based on a set of factors that reportedly determines a given area's ability to bounce back or recover from economic stresses.  If you look at the jump on this post, you can read the geeky insider stuff on how they measure one ranked metro versus all others.

The bottom line: Spokane does fairly well, ranking No. 85 out of 361 U.S. metros.

Ahead of Spokane from the Northwest are: Seattle at 25; Idaho Falls, 44; Kennewick, 71; BIllings, 75; Bend, 84. Behind Spokane:  Boise, at No. 115.

The SR business pages later this week will take a deeper dive on the RCI and take a look at how accurately it tracks what it says it does.


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