RCI Ranking

The RCI ranks metropolitan regions by their overall resilience capacity z-score, a statistic of variance measured in standard deviations away from the metropolitan average (see FAQs for detailed explanation). The RCI then categorizes regions by quintile as having Very High, High, Medium, Low, or Very Low resilience capacity. The top-ranked metropolitan region is Rochester, MN, a region averaging 1.23 standard deviations above the all-metropolitan average in resilience capacity. Ranked lowest is College Station-Bryan, TX, which averages 1.66 standard deviations below the all-metropolitan average for the indicators in the RCI. Read More
Thirty-three of the top 40 metropolitan regions ranked by their RCI are in the Midwest or Northeast—with six of the top ten in the Midwest—while all 40 of the lowest ranked regions by RCI are in the South or West, patterns visualized and more fully described in RCI Map.
The RCI exhibits no strong patterns by metropolitan population size. Representatives of each category—small (<250,000 people), medium (250,000-1,000,000) and large (>1,000,000)—are found in each of the resilience capacity categories. Large metropolitan regions, for example, range from those with a Very High RCI, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, Washington DC, Raleigh, NC and Boston, MA, and those with Very Low RCI, including Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL, Riverside-San Bernardino, CA, Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA, and Houston, TX. The same pattern holds for medium and small metropolitan regions.

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VERY HIGH HIGH MEDIUM LOW VERY LOW
Rank Metro Z-Score
1Rochester, MN1.23
2Bismarck, ND1.18
3Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI1.09
4Barnstable Town, MA1.07
5Dubuque, IA0.99
6Cedar Rapids, IA0.96
7Appleton, WI0.91
8Boulder, CO0.87
9Worcester, MA0.87
10Washington, DC-VA-MD-WV0.87
11Casper, WY0.86
12Des Moines, IA0.83
13Portland, ME0.82
14Sheboygan, WI0.79
15Raleigh, NC0.78
16La Crosse, WI-MN0.76
17Harrisburg, PA0.75
18Manchester, NH0.75
19Madison, WI0.73
20Boston, MA-NH0.72
21Springfield, IL0.70
22Burlington, VT0.70
23Allentown, PA-NJ0.66
24Sioux Falls, SD0.65
25Seattle, WA0.64
26Davenport, IA-IL0.63
27Wausau, WI0.62
28Jefferson City, MO0.62
29Holland, MI0.62
30Baltimore, MD0.61
31Bay City, MI0.61
32Duluth, MN-WI0.61
33Lebanon, PA0.58
34Hartford, CT0.57
35Pittsburgh, PA0.56
36Fond du Lac, WI0.55
37York, PA0.54
38Green Bay, WI0.53
39Peoria, IL0.53
40Wheeling, WV-OH0.53
41Fort Collins, CO0.53
42Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD0.53
43Ogden, UT0.52
44Idaho Falls, ID0.51
45Anchorage, AK0.51
46Salt Lake City, UT0.51
47Topeka, KS0.51
48Albany, NY0.50
49Bridgeport, CT0.50
50Omaha, NE-IA0.49
51Monroe, MI0.48
52Fort Wayne, IN0.48
53St. Louis, MO-IL0.48
54Janesville, WI0.47
55Kansas City, MO-KS0.47
56Johnstown, PA0.45
57Ocean City, NJ0.44
58Lancaster, PA0.44
59St. Cloud, MN0.44
60Lincoln, NE0.43
61Syracuse, NY0.43
62Rochester, NY0.43
63Eau Claire, WI0.42
64Mansfield, OH0.42
65Cheyenne, WY0.42
66Winston-Salem, NC0.42
67Weirton, WV-OH0.42
68Bloomington, IL0.41
69Colorado Springs, CO0.41
70Columbus, IN0.40
71Kennewick, WA0.40
72Denver, CO0.40
Rank Metro Z-Score
73Grand Rapids, MI0.40
74Ann Arbor, MI0.39
75Billings, MT0.39
76Santa Rosa, CA0.39
77Fargo, ND-MN0.38
78Trenton, NJ0.38
79Jackson, MI0.37
80Lansing, MI0.37
81New Haven, CT0.37
82Richmond, VA0.36
83Pittsfield, MA0.36
84Bend, OR0.35
85Spokane, WA0.34
86Buffalo, NY0.34
87San Jose, CA0.34
88San Francisco, CA0.34
89Roanoke, VA0.33
90Reading, PA0.32
91Glens Falls, NY0.32
92Provo, UT0.31
93Akron, OH0.31
94Palm Bay, FL0.31
95Indianapolis, IN0.30
96Norwich, CT0.30
97Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN0.30
98Huntsville, AL0.30
99Milwaukee, WI0.30
100Kokomo, IN0.30
101Lynchburg, VA0.30
102Columbus, OH0.29
103Sandusky, OH0.29
104Portland, OR-WA0.29
105Honolulu, HI0.29
106Durham, NC0.28
107Canton, OH0.27
108Anderson, IN0.27
109Ames, IA0.27
110Racine, WI0.27
111Pocatello, ID0.27
112Poughkeepsie, NY0.26
113Waterloo, IA0.26
114Parkersburg, WV-OH0.26
115Boise City, ID0.26
116Michigan City, IN0.26
117Albuquerque, NM0.26
118Sioux City, IA-NE-SD0.26
119South Bend, IN-MI0.26
120Providence, RI-MA0.26
121Youngstown, OH-PA0.25
122Grand Junction, CO0.25
123Bremerton, WA0.25
124Nashville, TN0.25
125Fairbanks, AK0.24
126Dover, DE0.23
127Rapid City, SD0.22
128Altoona, PA0.22
129Scranton, PA0.21
130Iowa City, IA0.21
131Erie, PA0.21
132Cleveland, OH0.20
133Utica, NY0.20
134Cumberland, MD-WV0.20
135Evansville, IN-KY0.20
136Louisville, KY-IN0.20
137Columbia, SC0.19
138Williamsport, PA0.19
139Oshkosh, WI0.19
140Hagerstown, MD-WV0.19
141Corvallis, OR0.19
142Fort Walton Beach, FL0.19
143Chicago, IL-IN-WI0.18
144Coeur d'Alene, ID0.18
Rank Metro Z-Score
145Dayton, OH0.18
146Owensboro, KY0.18
147Ocala, FL0.17
148St. Joseph, MO-KS0.16
149Springfield, OH0.16
150Virginia Beach, VA-NC0.16
151Olympia, WA0.15
152Springfield, MA0.15
153Wichita, KS0.15
154Decatur, IL0.15
155Flint, MI0.14
156Charleston, WV0.14
157Mount Vernon, WA0.14
158Binghamton, NY0.14
159Detroit, MI0.13
160Knoxville, TN0.13
161Houma, LA0.13
162Lewiston, ID-WA0.13
163Asheville, NC0.12
164Lima, OH0.12
165Birmingham, AL0.12
166Toledo, OH0.12
167Lewiston-Auburn, ME0.11
168Austin, TX0.10
169Columbia, MO0.09
170Pensacola, FL0.09
171Kingston, NY0.08
172Atlanta, GA0.08
173Muskegon, MI0.08
174Lafayette, LA0.07
175Saginaw, MI0.07
176Elmira, NY0.07
177Jacksonville, FL0.07
178Bangor, ME0.07
179Little Rock, AR0.07
180Logan, UT-ID0.06
181Winchester, VA-WV0.06
182Great Falls, MT0.04
183Atlantic City, NJ0.04
184Kankakee, IL0.02
185Charlottesville, VA0.02
186San Diego, CA0.02
187Deltona, FL0.02
188Napa, CA0.02
189Bradenton, FL0.01
190Oxnard, CA0.01
191Rockford, IL0.01
192St. George, UT0.00
193Lake Charles, LA0.00
194Punta Gorda, FL0.00
195Charlotte, NC-SC0.00
196Niles, MI0.00
197Baton Rouge, LA-0.01
198Gadsden, AL-0.01
199Grand Forks, ND-MN-0.02
200Tulsa, OK-0.02
201Kalamazoo, MI-0.03
202Vallejo, CA-0.03
203Terre Haute, IN-0.03
204Wenatchee, WA-0.04
205Jackson, MS-0.05
206Montgomery, AL-0.06
207Bellingham, WA-0.07
208Battle Creek, MI-0.08
209Lawrence, KS-0.09
210Cape Coral, FL-0.09
211Naples, FL-0.09
212Danville, IL-0.09
213Springfield, MO-0.10
214Wilmington, NC-0.10
215Savannah, GA-0.10
216New York, NY-NJ-PA-0.10
Rank Metro Z-Score
217Santa Cruz, CA-0.10
218Panama City, FL-0.11
219Florence, SC-0.11
220Hot Springs, AR-0.11
221Port St. Lucie, FL-0.11
222Missoula, MT-0.11
223Santa Fe, NM-0.11
224Sumter, SC-0.12
225Sebastian, FL-0.13
226Greensboro, NC-0.13
227Tampa, FL-0.13
228Greenville, SC-0.14
229Mobile, AL-0.14
230Oklahoma City, OK-0.14
231San Luis Obispo, CA-0.14
232Ithaca, NY-0.15
233Phoenix, AZ-0.16
234Florence, AL-0.16
235Sacramento, CA-0.17
236Elizabethtown, KY-0.17
237Decatur, AL-0.17
238Shreveport, LA-0.17
239Prescott, AZ-0.18
240Pueblo, CO-0.18
241Monroe, LA-0.18
242Burlington, NC-0.19
243Lakeland, FL-0.19
244Medford, OR-0.19
245Dallas-Fort Worth, TX-0.19
246Augusta, GA-SC-0.19
247Charleston, SC-0.19
248Carson City, NV-0.19
249Greeley, CO-0.19
250Elkhart, IN-0.19
251Sherman, TX-0.19
252Abilene, TX-0.20
253Reno, NV-0.20
254Lexington, KY-0.21
255New Orleans, LA-0.21
256Santa Barbara, CA-0.22
257Spartanburg, SC-0.23
258Chattanooga, TN-GA-0.24
259Huntington, WV-KY-OH-0.24
260Joplin, MO-0.24
261Orlando, FL-0.24
262Longview, WA-0.25
263Alexandria, LA-0.25
264Macon, GA-0.25
265Eugene, OR-0.26
266Memphis, TN-MS-AR-0.26
267Hickory, NC-0.26
268Dothan, AL-0.27
269Flagstaff, AZ-0.29
270Warner Robins, GA-0.29
271Myrtle Beach, SC-0.29
272Salisbury, MD-0.29
273Brunswick, GA-0.30
274Champaign-Urbana, IL-0.30
275Bowling Green, KY-0.30
276State College, PA-0.31
277San Angelo, TX-0.31
278Farmington, NM-0.31
279Wichita Falls, TX-0.33
280Lafayette, IN-0.33
281Amarillo, TX-0.34
282Kingsport, TN-VA-0.34
283Gainesville, GA-0.34
284Pascagoula, MS-0.35
285Danville, VA-0.36
286Victoria, TX-0.36
287Redding, CA-0.38
288Tucson, AZ-0.38
Rank Metro Z-Score
289Salem, OR-0.38
290Fayetteville, AR-MO-0.38
291San Antonio, TX-0.38
292Clarksville, TN-KY-0.39
293Cleveland, TN-0.39
294Harrisonburg, VA-0.40
295Goldsboro, NC-0.40
296Anderson, SC-0.41
297Houston, TX-0.42
298Las Vegas, NV-0.42
299Rocky Mount, NC-0.42
300Tyler, TX-0.43
301Gulfport-Biloxi, MS-0.43
302Los Angeles, CA-0.43
303Jackson, TN-0.44
304Midland, TX-0.44
305Anniston-Oxford, AL-0.45
306Morristown, TN-0.45
307Johnson City, TN-0.46
308Beaumont, TX-0.46
309Hattiesburg, MS-0.47
310Riverside-San Bernardino, CA-0.47
311Fort Smith, AR-OK-0.47
312Chico, CA-0.48
313Lawton, OK-0.48
314Muncie, IN-0.48
315Vineland, NJ-0.50
316Tallahassee, FL-0.51
317Miami, FL-0.52
318Longview, TX-0.52
319Texarkana, TX-AR-0.54
320Columbus, GA-AL-0.58
321Bloomington, IN-0.58
322Morgantown, WV-0.60
323Albany, GA-0.60
324Stockton, CA-0.61
325Rome, GA-0.63
326Killeen, TX-0.64
327Tuscaloosa, AL-0.65
328Blacksburg, VA-0.65
329Modesto, CA-0.66
330Fayetteville, NC-0.70
331Yuma, AZ-0.70
332Las Cruces, NM-0.71
333Valdosta, GA-0.73
334Odessa, TX-0.74
335Lubbock, TX-0.74
336Corpus Christi, TX-0.74
337Yuba City, CA-0.76
338Waco, TX-0.77
339Jonesboro, AR-0.78
340Yakima, WA-0.83
341Gainesville, FL-0.84
342El Paso, TX-0.88
343Auburn-Opelika, AL-0.90
344Fresno, CA-0.91
345Dalton, GA-0.92
346Salinas, CA-0.95
347Pine Bluff, AR-0.97
348Athens, GA-0.98
349Greenville, NC-1.01
350Jacksonville, NC-1.02
351Madera, CA-1.08
352Bakersfield, CA-1.10
353Laredo, TX-1.18
354Brownsville, TX-1.22
355Visalia, CA-1.23
356Hinesville, GA-1.32
357Hanford, CA-1.39
358El Centro, CA-1.41
359Merced, CA-1.41
360McAllen, TX-1.43
361College Station, TX-1.66
The RCI was developed by the University at Buffalo Regional Institute, State University of New York.