SIOUX CITY | A leading executive magazine interested primarily in corporate site selection and relocation has ranked Sioux City metro as No. 1 in the Top 20 mid-size cities in American for year-over-year growth.

Area Development magazine analyzed economic and workforce data for 394 metropolitan statistic areas, or MSAs, to determine their recent and long term economic vitality, as well as ability to support business growth.

Sources for the rankings included the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census American Community Survey, and Moody's Analytics.

In the publication's 100 Leading Locations for 2016, the Sioux City MSA received high marks in the following categories:

-- 18 in the overall "100 Leading Locations" (up from 278 in 2015)

-- 20 in top 20 Cities – "Five-Year Growth"

-- 9 in top 20 mid-size cities – "Five-Year Growth"

-- 2 in top 20 cities – “Year-Over-Year Growth”

-- 6 in top 30 mid-size cities

-- 19 in top 20 cities – "Economic Strength"

-- 7 in top mid-size cities – "Economic Strength"

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