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Small Cities 2018

Bend-Redmond, OR MSA

Overall Rank: 1      Population: 187,000

Bend-Redmond, OR, sees its third consecutive year ranking No. 1 on the BPC Small Cities index. All of the variables in the Bend-Redmond rank in the Top 20, securing its No. 1 rank this year. The metro’s five-year job and wage growth both rank first and one-year wage growth ranks second, which continues to show the region’s ability to increase high-value employment. Five-year high-tech GDP growth climbed 118 places from last year’s ranking, showing the recent dramatic growth of the high-tech sector. The job, wage, and high-tech GDP five-year growth values are 19.9 percent, 25.2 percent, and 18.0 percent, respectively. Economic growth is also exemplified by a $5.2 million expansion to meet demand at the regional Redmond airport, one of the few options to get people from outside the region to Bend-Redmond.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 177  147  15  119.88 
1-yr Job Growth2 97  102.27 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 169  174  160  21  125.20 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 66  84  107.93 
Short-Term Job Growth5 72  44  12  17  18  102.36% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 23  12  12  25  15  117.96 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 18  163  79  133  19  104.09 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 12  13  22  18  0.93 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 11  12  5.0 

2017-2018 Growth Comparison (by score)      
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