The Local Government of Bauang ranked second in the region for Overall Competitiveness and 51st nationwide for 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) of the Department of Trade and Industry under the 1st and 2nd Class Category.

Bauang also ranked 2nd in the region and 25th in nationwide in the pillar of Economic Dynamism of the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index. While in the other pillars Bauang ranked 4th in Government Efficiency, 13th in Infrastructure and 6th under the Resiliency in the Region.

 Rankings of Cities and Municipalities are based on the sum of their scores on 4 Pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.[MPDC-PIMS]