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Small Cities 2016

Gainesville, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 10      Population: 193,540

Gainesville, Georgia, moves in to 10th from 27th in this year’s index. The metro saw gains in both wages and job growth for the one-and five-year indicators. The largest gain was to the five-year wage growth indicator, which moved up from 107th to 26th showing that Gainesville has been increasing wages for several years. Access to major supply chain hubs in Atlanta and Savannah will help Gainesville remain competitive.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 40  41  94  80  14  107.69 
1-yr Job Growth2 30  38  26  22  102.99 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 48  113  89  112  107  26  107.69 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 161  88  12  153  22  16  101.75 
Short-Term Job Growth5 152  86  42  31  24  101.81% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 135  143  136  126  150  24  88.35 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 115  39  64  71  117  97.57 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 125  135  126  103  121  124  0.40 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 73  109  93  94  80  82  2.0 

2015-2016 Growth Comparison (by score)