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Large Cities 2018

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA MD

Overall Rank: 8      Population: 2,990,000

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA, climbed nine spots to No. 8. The metro’s strong wage growth is what propelled it in this year’s ranking as it came in seventh and fourth in five-year and oneyear wage growth, respectively. Per capita income in the metro was $72,574 in comparison to the national per capita income of $50,392 in 2017.51

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 68  59  37  29  36  34  105.80 
1-yr Job Growth2 28  27  37  46  32  23  101.08 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 36  29  14  77  112.93 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 15  23  104.15 
Short-Term Job Growth5 20  35  22  18  52  12  102.10% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 17  26  21  54  66  81  101.06 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 11  109  90  167  77  76  100.09 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 2.85 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 36  33  19  37  20  29  8.0 

2017-2018 Growth Comparison (by score)