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Provo-Orem, UT MSA

Overall Rank: 1      Population: 618,000

Provo-Orem, UT, holds on to the top spot on the 2018 Best- Performing Cities index. While the size of its lead has shrunk substantially since last year, exceptional job growth between 2012 and 2017 helped the region best the much larger and more established tech metros in the Top 5. Investments by firms like Adobe and Wavetronix continue to create opportunity in the region, but the tight labor market is beginning to slow growth slightly.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 31  117.66 
1-yr Job Growth2 11  102.76 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 30  28  10  119.11 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 17  32  104.88 
Short-Term Job Growth5 33  102.65% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 10  15  10  12  131.35 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 12  10  80  99.85 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 22  24  18  13  16  13  1.73 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 19  22  26  16  20  22  9.0 

2017-2018 Growth Comparison (by score)