By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Dec 02, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Milwaukee has advanced two spots on MarketWatch's annual city rankings.

Milwaukee outpaced cities like St. Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Austin, Portland, Phoenix, Orlando and Los Angeles as it moved to No. 16 from No. 18 last year.

MarketWatch, the "leading online financial-news publisher" is part of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network.

In its Dec. 2 announcement, MarketWatch admitted that "Milwaukee wasn't the fastest-growing city, but it moved to No. 16 from No. 18 last year."  Milwaukee moved up the largest number of places in population growth, rising five places.

Top-ranked Minneapolis-St. Paul and bottom-ranked New Orleans retained the same spots that they held last year, along with 10th-ranked San Francisco, 15th-ranked Atlanta, No. 34 Baltimore and No. 48 Tucson.

According MarketWatch, "the rankings are purely result-oriented and are based on available data in eight categories from various government agencies and financial organizations, as well as two business publications: Fortune and Forbes," with no subjective criteria such as quality of life being factored into the ranking.

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.