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Small Cities 2018

St. George, UT MSA

Overall Rank: 2      Population: 166,000

St. George, UT, maintains its second-place rank for this yearís BPC Small Cities index. The metro ranks No. 1 in one-year wage growth (8.2 percent) and second in five-year job growth (19.5 percent). St. George had a 53 place increase in the variable tracking the number of high-tech location quotients greater than one. Five-year wage growth and one-year job growth both rank No. 4. The metro is reliant on health care and tourism. The low cost of living and the access to amenities from the tourism industry makes St. George more attractive for retirees, who support key sectors. The regionís tourism industry is maintained by its proximity to Zion National Park, which continues to set records for attendance, up 5 percent to 4.5 million visitors this year.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 162  69  119.48 
1-yr Job Growth2 103.10 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 163  165  116  24  119.36 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 73  30  14  10  108.17 
Short-Term Job Growth5 12  65  103.00% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 68  79  48  10  11  121.16 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 10  155  12  24  16  44  101.76 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 72  82  97  95  78  68  0.56 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 93  129  177  175  135  82  2.0 

2017-2018 Growth Comparison (by score)      
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