Six years ago the U.S. economy experienced the most severe economic downturn since the 1930s. For many American metro areas, the Great Recession is nothing more than a distant shadow of a troubled economic past. Yet for some towns, the effects of the recession still linger as they fall deeper in debt.

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, a senior economist at Glassdoor, recently analyzed economic data to come up with a “recovery index” for U.S. cities. To do this, he looked at three major trends: unemployment, the number of jobs, and wages. Combining all of these together gives you Glassdoor’s Recovery Index.

The index is the sum of three percentages: the percentage decrease in an area’s unemployment rate; the percentage change in employment; and the percentage change in mean hourly wages since 2009. The higher a metropolitan area is on the index, the better its economic health, Chamberlain wrote.

Here are the top 10 areas that have recovered the most since the recession:

  • Midland, Texas
  • Odessa, Texas
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  • Greely, Colorado
  • Provo-Orem, Utah
  • Laredo, Texas
  • Houston- The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas
  • Ames, Iowa
  • Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina- South Carolina
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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(Source: Glassdoor)