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Small Cities 2017

Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA

Overall Rank: 10      Population: 158,991

Auburn-Opelika, AL, returns to the Top 10, placing tenth in this year’s BPC Small Cities index. This metro has been ranked in the Top 10 since 2014, which is reflected in the five-year job and high-tech GDP growth. Durable goods manufacturing and Auburn University are the two pillars of this metro’s economy.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 61  39  13  11  10  23  101.17 
1-yr Job Growth2 22  17  25  33  107.30 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 83  91  78  61  42  30  100.83 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 152  45  48  44  20  17  103.79 
Short-Term Job Growth5 154  46  15  16  20  72  100.28% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 92  13  20  52  102.62 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 37  53  80  56  129.84 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 146  136  120  140  136  133  0.39 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 109  134  94  80  82  88  2.0 

2016-2017 Growth Comparison (by score)      
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