Best-Performing Cities 2020: Where America’s Jobs Are Created and Sustained

Best-Performing Small City: Bend-Redmond, OR

The Bend-Redmond, OR, metro is the best-performing small city for the fourth year running. Its one- and five-year job and wage growth are all strong in our index, and the five-year (2012-2017) wage growth tops all small metros. The region performs impressively in five-year high-tech GDP growth (2013-2018) and high-tech GDP concentration (2018), both ranking fifth. The metro’s collaborative environment facilitates entrepreneurial activities, particularly for high-tech startups. Meanwhile, Oregon State University-Cascades and Central Oregon Community College provide a skilled workforce to the local labor markets.

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