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Large Cities 2016

Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 6      Population: 1,273,570

Raleigh, North Carolina’s high-tech industry contributed to its stable position in the top tier; it represents a large share of the local economy and is growing much faster than the national average. Part of the Research Triangle, Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 10  15  29  25  17  18  106.90 
1-yr Job Growth2 69  25  24  28  22  17  101.74 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 18  20  30  37  13  12  107.65 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 91  24  60  29  21  44  100.53 
Short-Term Job Growth5 46  51  131  68  48  100.94% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 61  94  44  23  38  22  113.46 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 107  66  17  70  57  12  104.34 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 27  25  16  11  10  10  1.90 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 14  17  10  14.0 

2015-2016 Growth Comparison (by score)