Best-Performing Cities
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Large Cities 2017

Provo-Orem, UT MSA

Overall Rank: 1      Population: 603,309

Provo-Orem, UT, claims first place on the 2017 Best-Performing Cities index. By a wide margin, the region outperformed larger metros competing for the top spot thanks to a stellar performance across all nine indicators. The Provo regionís consistently strong economy has numbered among the Top 3 in the U.S. for each of the past five years. Home to Brigham Young University (BYU) and a growing technology and entrepreneurial community, the region is adding to its workforce and reaping the rewards of a vibrant industry on the broader economy.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 30  31  103.81 
1-yr Job Growth2 11  118.70 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 17  30  28  10  104.71 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 133  17  32  116.27 
Short-Term Job Growth5 31  33  101.96% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 10  15  10  12  108.31 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 71  12  10  130.98 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 23  22  24  18  13  16  1.73 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 23  19  22  26  16  20  9.0 

2016-2017 Growth Comparison (by score)