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Small Cities 2017

Bellingham, WA MSA

Overall Rank: 8      Population: 216,800

Bellingham, WA, gained 68 spots over the previous ranking to end up eighth on this year’s BPC Small Cities index. The last time this metro was in the Top 10 was 2008. Bellingham has an emerging high-tech sector that is moving beyond software development.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 82  104  96  57  43  24  101.16 
1-yr Job Growth2 36  77  44  59  32  29  102.47 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 69  37  44  36  104  24  100.98 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 142  79  40  37  172  60  98.58 
Short-Term Job Growth5 27  133  103  30  93  34  101.27% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 46  69  92  93  42  103.17 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 104  63  164  180  177  138  85.86 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 31  10  17  20  0.93 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 7.0 

2016-2017 Growth Comparison (by score)      
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