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Small Cities 2015

Auburn-Opelika, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 6      Population: 156,990

The 2015 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary, and technology growth. In most years, these give a good indication of the underlying structural performance of regional economics.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 49  61  39  13  11  10  107.34 
1-yr Job Growth2 36  22  17  25  33  100.59 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 60  83  91  78  61  42  107.34 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 87  152  45  48  44  20  101.50 
Short-Term Job Growth5 25  154  46  15  16  20  10200.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 92  13  20  136.86 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 17  37  53  80  56  101.05 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 140  146  136  120  140  136  0.37 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 110  109  134  94  80  82  2.0 

2014-2015 Growth Comparison (by score)