October 25, 2017

Best places for tech jobs

Best places for tech jobs

1. SAN JOSE-SUNNYVALE-SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA

If you can think of a big tech company, chances are that it’s headquartered, or at least has a major office, in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area, one of two Silicon Valley areas in the top 10. Google. Apple. Intel. Netflix. They all have corporate offices in the region, and more startups are popping up all the time. With thousands of tech workers flocking there every year, it ranks first for technology-related employees per 1,000 jobs (134 per 1,000) and median annual salary ($121,064). It also is the least affordable metro area in our analysis, with median gross rent of $2,044.

2. HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA

Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which designs, builds and tests vehicles and systems for piloted space flight, it’s no surprise that workers in tech fields flock to Huntsville. The region ranks seventh with just over 63 tech-related employees per 1,000 jobs. However, what vaults it even higher in our analysis is its affordability. Huntsville has by far the lowest median gross rent in the top 10 metros at $785 a month. That’s No. 233 in our analysis of 381 places.

3. SEATTLE-TACOMA-BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON

The Seattle metro area is headquarters to big tech employers such as Amazon and Microsoft, and though the Boeing Co.’s corporate offices are no longer there, it’s still home to many of the company’s operations. The region ranks third in our analysis for tech employees per 1,000 jobs, and fifth for median annual tech salary, $103,320. Meanwhile, living here is on the pricier side at $1,325 a month in median gross rent.

4. CALIFORNIA-LEXINGTON PARK, MARYLAND

Tucked away on the wooded shores of the Chesapeake Bay, about 60 miles from Washington, D.C., the California-Lexington Park area might seem a strange destination for tech workers. The draw: the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, which hosts, among other facilities, a research and development division for military aircraft. The area ranks second in our analysis for job opportunities, with 83 tech employees per 1,000 jobs.

5. DURHAM-CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA

Perhaps as well known for its college basketball powerhouses as its status as a tech hub, the Durham-Chapel Hill area is the second most affordable metro in our top 10, though it still ranks in the top third of the highest median gross rents in our analysis at $947. In addition to being home to two universities, Durham-Chapel Hill also hosts locations of employers like IBM and Cisco.

6. RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

The third corner of the Triangle, as the region is known, the Raleigh area also has its share of large employers, including the analytics firm SAS, in Cary, and computer-maker Lenovo in Morrisville. Like Durham-Chapel Hill, it’s affordable relative to the rest of the top 10 at $1,026 a month for median gross rent. Meanwhile, it ranks eighth in our analysis with nearly 63 tech employees per 1,000 jobs.

7. WASHINGTON, D.C., ARLINGTON-ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, MARYLAND

Encompassing the nation’s capital as well as nearby suburbs in Maryland and the sprawling region known as Northern Virginia, the Washington, D.C.,-Arlington-Alexandria region doesn’t just host much of the machinery of the federal government. It’s also home to the many contractors that do business with here, such as Lockheed-Martin (Bethesda, Maryland) and Booz Allen Hamilton (McLean, Virginia). The metro area has 75 tech employees per 1,000 jobs, good for fourth in our analysis, and median tech income, $106,917 annually, is also fourth. That said, it also ranks as the sixth least-affordable metro.

8. BOULDER, COLORADO

With Google planning on opening a new campus, and IBM and computer hardware-maker Seagate already in the area, the Boulder metro area ranks fifth in our analysis with 74 tech employees per 1,000 jobs. Though it has the most tech jobs of any metro area in the Centennial State, it also has in the southeast the Denver-Lakewood-Aurora metro area, where tech workers will find a higher annual median salary, $98,391 to Boulder’s $95,091.

9. SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA

The other Silicon Valley metro area in the top 10, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is home to some giants — Facebook, headquartered in Menlo Park, YouTube in San Bruno and Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville. The area doesn’t rank far behind San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara in any of the metrics in our analysis: it’s sixth with 73 tech employees per 1,000 jobs; second for median annual salary, $115,477; and second for median gross monthly rent, $1,757.

10. AUSTIN-ROUND ROCK, TEXAS

The region around Texas’ capital is home to no shortage of tech companies — Apple, Dell, Samsung — and it also has its own vibrant startup scene (SXSW, anyone?). The area ranks ninth with 62 tech employees per 1,000 jobs, but the median annual tech salary lags a bit compared with others in the top 10 at $93,039

 

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