Special Report

Small Cities With the Strongest Economies This Year

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10. Bend-Redmond, OR (tie)
> Employment growth, 2015 to 2020: +11.5% — #5 highest out of 200 cities
> Wage growth, 2015 to 2020: +18.9% — #3 highest
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 37.2% — #24 highest
> Total population: 191,749 — #43 highest

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10. Abilene, TX (tie)
> Employment growth, 2015 to 2020: +2.4% — #36 highest out of 200 cities
> Wage growth, 2015 to 2020: +2.6% — #36 highest
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 24.4% — #102 highest
> Total population: 171,354 — #64 highest

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9. Champaign-Urbana, IL
> Employment growth, 2015 to 2020: +0.2% — #60 highest out of 200 cities
> Wage growth, 2015 to 2020: +-1.5% — #77 highest
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 43.7% — #13 highest
> Total population: 226,418 — #17 highest

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8. Gainesville, GA
> Employment growth, 2015 to 2020: +9.3% — #9 highest out of 200 cities
> Wage growth, 2015 to 2020: +11.6% — #9 highest
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 24.0% — #105 highest
> Total population: 201,434 — #39 highest

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7. Sioux Falls, SD
> Employment growth, 2015 to 2020: +3.4% — #32 highest out of 200 cities
> Wage growth, 2015 to 2020: +7.2% — #15 highest
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 33.9% — #38 highest
> Total population: 264,437 — #4 highest

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