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Small Cities 2016

Auburn-Opelika, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 6      Population: 156,990

Auburn-Opelika, Alabama, returns to the Top 10, gaining four places to reach No. 6 this year. The one-year high-tech GDP growth has gained 24 ranks and has pulled up the five-year high-tech GDP growth measure. One- and five-year wage growth have increased in rank which, in conjunction with job growth, indicates that incomes have increased.

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  102.00% 
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 

2015-2016 Growth Comparison (by score)