CNBC has embarked on its first annual "Recovery Road Trip."
We identified three metro areas around the country whose companies have been the best performers in the market over the past year.
In third place is Philadelphia, with area companies posting an average return of 20 percent from Oct. 31, 2011 to the same date this year. (Read More: CNBC's 'Philly Index,' Third Best for Companies.)
Taking second place, Charlotte, North Carolina — affectionately called "Wall Street South". Shares of Charlotte-based companies recovered nicely from a sharp downturn a few years ago, performing with an average return of 21 percent over the 52 week period ending October 31, 2012. (Read More: "Wall Street South" Sees Economic Turnaround)
To find out the best metro area for stocks, tune into CNBC's "Street Signs" on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET.
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