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Large Cities 2016

Austin-Round Rock, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 2      Population: 2,000,860

Austin-Round Rock, Texas, is rapidly gaining an international reputation as a model worthy of emulation in tech-based economic development policy. The metro brings together a diverse set of strengths that few places can rival. While it may not be Silicon Valley, Austin offers entrepreneurs and young knowledge workers a less costly alternative for building firms and applying their skills to meaningful endeavors.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 113.07 
1-yr Job Growth2 12  102.42 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 14  14  11  113.59 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 87  12  10  25  102.97 
Short-Term Job Growth5 49  22  18  27  26  101.48% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 116  129  39  21  10  12  120.11 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 77  14  18  17  19  14  104.26 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 13  11  13  10  1.92 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 17  11  12  15  12  11  10.0 

2015-2016 Growth Comparison (by score)