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Small Cities 2018

Gainesville, GA MSA

Overall Rank: 3      Population: 199,000

Gainesville, GA, retains its third-place ranking on this edition of the BPC Small Cities index. One- and five-year job growth ranked No. 8 and No. 6, respectively. The metro still attracts manufacturers and the health-care industry continues to grow. The metro’s location next to Atlanta provides a strategic advantage for manufacturers integrating into supply chains. The poultry processors have the largest economic footprint among manufacturers in Gainesville. The metro should see increased interest from outside investors in coming years thanks to three IRS-designated opportunity zones in the region.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 94  80  14  18  109.69 
1-yr Job Growth2 38  26  22  102.03 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 89  112  107  26  15  106.25 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 12  153  22  16  12  41  101.44 
Short-Term Job Growth5 86  42  31  24  28  12  102.74% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 136  126  150  24  24  112.61 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 64  71  117  46  27  102.88 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 126  103  121  124  101  109  0.44 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 93  94  80  82  88  82  2.0 

2017-2018 Growth Comparison (by score)      
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