This tells you whether a location is over or under-performing relative to the city's trend. If an area is improving faster than the metro area as a whole, it gets a score of 1. If an area is falling behind relative to the metro area as a whole, it gets a 10. The team at LocateAlpha created this by combining a number things, including income levels, crime, and education levels and looking at how those changed in the last five years. A score of 1 is best, and 10 is worst. A score of 5 to 6 is stable and perfectly normal.