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Large Cities 2016

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division

Overall Rank: 10      Population: 2,889,630

The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington, area is one of the world's most innovative regions. Seattle is among the world leaders in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, data visualization and ranks in the Top 10 of life science clusters in the U.S. The University of Washington, the top recipient of federal research dollars among public universities, is a major contributor to the innovation engine for Seattle.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 49  53  68  59  37  29  105.00 
1-yr Job Growth2 179  37  28  27  37  46  101.02 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 31  33  36  29  14  109.81 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 95  117  15  23  102.86 
Short-Term Job Growth5 25  43  20  35  22  18  101.79% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 11  19  17  26  21  54  104.30 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 45  16  11  109  90  167  95.80 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 2.96 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 55  36  36  33  19  37  7.0 

2015-2016 Growth Comparison (by score)