Report authors say San Diego would have been ranked higher hadit not been for two issues: unaffordable housing and lacklusterbasic education offset growth in patent development, venturecapital spending, superior water quality and infrastructureinvestment, putting the county the 9th spot among the 21 major U.S.metropolitan areas evaluated.

The Sustainable Competitiveness Index found Austin, Texas, themost competitive in the nation, followed by Raleigh, MinneapolisandDenver.

The regional growth agency will update the index and rankingevery January. SANDAG officials point out that the report indicatesthat lack of affordable housing does harm a region's economicattractiveness.

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