From Seattle to Nashville to Boston and everywhere in between, these are America’s top technology hubs. Take a closer look at some of the factors that fueled these cities’ ascent to the top of the tech market.
The Emerald City is experiencing massive growth in the tech sector, with more than 23,500 jobs added to the sector in 2015 and 2016. With companies like Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon, it’s no surprise that some consider Seattle the most tech-friendly city outside of Silicon Valley in Northern California.
- Population: 746,046
- Cost of living (Price Index): 198
- Average salary of IT manager: $106,047
IBM, HP, and Oracle all have massive operations in Washington, D.C. and are hiring, with more than 17 percent of job listings in the city related to tech jobs. In addition, the federal government and its agencies are looking to further integrate with cutting-edge technology.
- Population: 702,756
- Cost of living (Price Index): 222
- Average salary of IT manager: $109,353
Following a lengthy downtown revitalization, Denver has become a true tech hub. Google has doubled its workforce in the city, and the city boasts one of the lowest cost-of-living rates for U.S. cities.
- Population: 719,116
- Cost of living (Price Index): 173
- Average salary of IT manager: $97,866
Software-related positions are soaring in Austin, as a new report found that more than one-third of available office space in the city is devoted to tech jobs. Add Austin-based Whole Foods, as well as a large presence from tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Google, and it’s easy to see how the city seems to embrace a tech and startup culture. CNBC recently named Austin the best place to start a business.
- Population: 983,366
- Cost of living (Price Index): 153
- Average salary of IT manager: $96,653
The City on the Hill is typically known for universities such as Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston University, but it’s also one of the top cities in America for startups and technology. Boston and its local universities are supporting startups. Amazon recently announced plans to add 2,000 jobs to its growing tech hub facility in Boston.
- Population: 687,584
- Cost of living (Price Index): 203
- Average salary of IT manager: 103,386
New York City
The Big Apple is already home to the two largest stock exchanges in the world, as well as many of the financial juggernauts on Wall Street, but the financial industry needs innovation from the tech world. Several billionaire tech startups—including Oscar and ZocDoc in healthcare, Etsy and Gilt in the online marketplace, and Blue Apron in food delivery—have facilities in New York City.
- Population: 8,580,015
- Cost of living (Price Index): 231
- Average salary of IT manager: $105,871
Just a stone’s throw from Silicon Valley, San Francisco is home to thousands of tech startups, including Fitbit, Charles Schwab, Twitter, Lyft, and Uber.
In February 2018 alone, the San Francisco metro area added 3,400 technology jobs. The city has the highest median total compensation in the nation, per LinkedIn, at more than $112,000 per year.
- Population: 888,653
- Cost of living (Price Index): 240
- Average salary of IT manager: $120,135
Having recently welcoming Google Fiber to its city, Nashville is emerging as a tech hub with a strong emphasis on tech startups. A vibrant, growing venture capital community is supporting the growth of local healthcare companies, and several incubators and accelerators are enhancing the Music City’s overall entrepreneurial culture.
- Population: 673,008
- Cost of living (Price Index): 162
- Average salary of IT manager: $90,142
Live in a Tech Hub!
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