4.5 Location Quotient (L.Q.)

a measure of the relative significance of a phenomenon (e.g. employment in software activities) in a region (Redmond) compared with its significance in a larger ("benchmark") region (Washington State or the country as a whole)



   Employment in legal services in the City of Seattle
               Total population of Seattle
     Legal employment in West Coast Cities (500,000+)
       Total Population of these West Coast cities

Example using the Transportation Equipment Industry (Aerospace)

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