Okay, the big cities are rather obvious. Seattle is a great place to find tech jobs, and so is Boston. The same goes for San Francisco and Austin.
At Livability.com, we like to point out that there are many other smaller and mid-sized cities where people can go to find high-paying and challenging work in the high-tech sector. Our rankings combined – Top 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs and Top 100 Best Places to Live – focus on these cities that are high-tech and offer a high quality of life – where entrepreneurs want to work AND live.
Indeed, the world’s No. 1 job website with more than 200 million worldwide visitors every month, put together a 2017 list of the top eight cities in America that are tech hubs, and the list begins with San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley. In second place is Washington, D.C., which is understandable due to its large array of federal government facilities.
Baltimore and Seattle are ranked No. 3 and No. 4, and rounding out the top eight are Raleigh, San Francisco, Austin and Boston.
Indeed compiled its list by researching the top 51 metropolitan areas in the nation and studied the proportion of tech job listings in those largest of cities. The eight big-namers are certainly major players, but there are also negatives about living in those metropolises – for example, they all have high costs of housing, expensive schooling and other highly priced “musts and conveniences” associated with a good quality of life.
Like we highlighted before, Livability.com believes that smaller metros reign in tech as well – so here are our top picks for tech jobs.
For instance, Iowa City, Iowa is a great place to start a business and to live, and this home of the University of Iowa thrives on entrepreneurship and houses many corporate headquarters.
Then there is Boulder, Colo. The city has a creative class of workers and several companies listed on the Fortune 500, and Boulder ranks high on lists for entrepreneurship, affordability and the easy availability for small business loans.
Bozeman, Mont. is another example. This community is tech savvy with businesses like Oracle in its backyard, and Bozeman continues to increase its high-wage job growth and average household income.
Also tech savvy city is Rochester, Minn., home to Mayo Clinic and known as a growth city that is ideal for entrepreneurs. In 2016, the city was ranked No. 1 on Livability.com’s Best Places to Live list, thanks to Rochester’s advantages such as affordable housing and an average household income near $100,000.
Meanwhile, Provo, Utah, has a growing job market and Google Fiber, and Beaverton, Ore. is home to multiple technology companies. Other cities where tech jobs are abundant are Madison, Wisc., which is rich in both creative and tech-savvy business headquarters and research centers; and Palo Alto, Calif., located just north of Silicon Valley and a hotspot for entrepreneurs and intellectual types whose talents can often include engineering and/or computer programming skills.