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Small Cities 2016

Columbus, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 7      Population: 81,160

Columbus, Indiana, retains its seventh-place rank on this year’s Small Cities index. The largest increase was in one-year wage growth, which increased 151 ranks to 31st. This raised the five-year average wage growth as well. A low cost of living is accompanied by gains in median income over the last five years.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 99  27  10  112.33 
1-yr Job Growth2 70  111  23  27  100.69 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 130  100  33  14  112.33 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 175  16  178  31  100.67 
Short-Term Job Growth5 24  32  10  54  100.58% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 111  91  102  29  10  54  114.19 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 89  122  21  23  190  89.33 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 63  70  59  47  47  58  0.65 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 110  71  42  23  26  20  4.0 

2015-2016 Growth Comparison (by score)