Best Cities for Tech Jobs

Amanda Postma
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Are you dreaming of fixing computers or even designing tech for NASA, but not sure where to apply?

While California is a great place to start for the tech job scene, we’ve also found some other tech hubs that might suit your lifestyle better.

The state may have held the tech spotlight for a while, but now the jobs are expanding to other areas of the country.

So if you are interested in pursuing a tech job just know that you do have other options.

The Best Tech Cities

  1. College Station, Texas
  2. Coral Springs, Florida
  3. Westminster, Colorado
  4. Hampton, Virginia
  5. Sugar Land, Texas
  6. Sandy, Utah
  7. Fairfield, California
  8. Simi Valley, California
  9. Worcester, Massachusetts
  10. Lowell, Massachusetts

In addition to our top 10 techie cities, we also compiled a list of 100 tech cities that can be found later on in the article. So if any of these locations aren’t your cup of tea, you know you still have lots of options. This list gives you the freedom you need to be a techie where you want to be a techie.

How We Determined This

We ranked over 300 cities on:

  • The increase in tech jobs
  • The overall percentage of tech jobs

First, we chose to examine the increase in tech jobs to see which cities were seeing the biggest boom in tech jobs. The more rapidly jobs are added in your field, the more opportunities available and the more desirable you are in the job market. This factor was weighted 200%.

We measured tech jobs using information from the Census’ ACS. We simply determined the number of residents who have jobs in computer science, engineering, and other technical fields. This does look at who lives in a city, and some of these workers may be commuting to other cities for work.

After that, we examined the overall percentage of tech workers who call a city home. While growth is great, if that 100% increase is a handful of workers, it’s not that impressive. Plus, the stronger tech community is a promising sign of future startups and growth, in addition to valuable collaboration.

1. College Station, Texas

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Percent Tech Jobs: 14.40%
Total Tech Jobs: 7,763
Tech Growth: 82.66%

College Station, Texas comes in first on our list of best tech cities. When it comes down to it, College Station has seen more growth in this career industry than most other cities in the U.S. In total, the city offers 7,763 total tech jobs.

2. Coral Springs, Florida

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Percent Tech Jobs: 9.20%
Total Tech Jobs: 6,247
Tech Growth: 163.25%

If the West Coast wasn’t doing it for you, maybe it’s time to switch to the East Coast. Coral Springs, Florida has experienced the third most tech growth with 163.25% in the country. Offering 6,247 jobs in the tech field, you’re sure to find your place here.

3. Westminster, Colorado

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Percent Tech Jobs: 10.60%
Total Tech Jobs: 6,941
Tech Growth: 61.98%

Coming in hot at No. 3 is Westminister, Colorado. This city offers 6,941 total tech jobs, which translates to 10.6% of all jobs there are within the tech sector. What’s even more promising is the fact that the industry has seen 61.98% growth.

4. Hampton, Virginia

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Percent Tech Jobs: 11.30%
Total Tech Jobs: 6,883
Tech Growth: 59.85%

As one of the cities that’s seen a recent growth in the tech industry, Hampton, Virginia, is fourth on our list. The city has experienced 59.85% growth for a new total of 6,883 total tech jobs. That’s 11.3% of the city’s workforce.

5. Sugar Land, Texas

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Percent Tech Jobs: 12.80%
Total Tech Jobs: 7,533
Tech Growth: 47.07%

Texas is so big it has 2 cities that are up and coming in the tech sector. Sugar Land comes in at No. 5. The city has one of the highest percent of tech jobs with 12.8% of its workforce dedicated to the tech industry. That percentage boils down to 7,533. With those kinds of odds, you’re sure to find something to do here.

6. Sandy, Utah

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Percent Tech Jobs: 9.50%
Total Tech Jobs: 4,906
Tech Growth: 60.12%

The No. 6 spot is secured by Sandy, Utah. The city has recently seen a 60.12% job growth in the tech industry. Even with that growth, Sandy still only offers 4,906 with accounts for 9.5% of its workforce.

7. Fairfield, California

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Percent Tech Jobs: 7.10%
Total Tech Jobs: 4,083
Tech Growth: 108.96%

Finally, a California location. Fairfield has seen the seventh-highest percent of tech growth in the entire country with 108.96%. Still, the city only offers 4,083 jobs in the industry.

8. Simi Valley, California

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Percent Tech Jobs: 9.10%
Total Tech Jobs: 6,054
Tech Growth: 46.66%

Round two for California is Simi Valley which comes in as the eighth-best city for tech geniuses. While it’s only seen a growth of 46.66% recently, the city still offers a whopping 6,054 tech jobs.

9. Worcester, Massachusetts

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Percent Tech Jobs: 7.00%
Total Tech Jobs: 6,226
Tech Growth: 67.77%

Worcester, Massachusetts comes in at No. 9. As the 19th city to have seen the most tech growth recently, the city offers lots of career opportunities for tech professionals with a total of 6,226 jobs. That number stems from a 67.77% growth and will surely continue to climb.

10. Lowell, Massachusetts

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Percent Tech Jobs: 7.60%
Total Tech Jobs: 4,239
Tech Growth: 53.92%

Yet another duplicate state, Massachusetts is an up and coming hub for tech careers. In Lowell, there are 4,239 jobs within the industry, which makes up 7.6% of the city’s workforce.

Summary of Best Tech Cities

Some refer to tech junkies as geeks or nerds, but we know you’re much more complicated than that. That’s why your job search shouldn’t be complicated. With our list of the best cities for tech jobs, we’ve made it simple so all you have to do is point at the map and go.

Complete List of the Best Tech Cities

State City Percent Of Tech Jobs Total No. Of Tech Jobs Tech Growth
Texas College Station 14.35% 7,763 82.66%
Florida Coral Springs 9.23% 6,247 163.25%
Colorado Westminster 10.57% 6,941 61.98%
Virginia Hampton 11.28% 6,883 59.85%
Texas Sugar Land 12.77% 7,533 47.07%
Utah Sandy 9.48% 4,906 60.12%
California Fairfield 7.14% 4,083 108.96%
California Simi Valley 9.13% 6,054 46.66%
Massachusetts Worcester 6.99% 6,226 67.77%
Massachusetts Lowell 7.62% 4,239 53.92%
California San Buenaventura 7.88% 4,411 48.27%
Idaho Meridian 7.38% 4,054 54.61%
Illinois Peoria 9.56% 4,984 34.38%
Washington Renton 9.77% 5,644 32.09%
Texas Round Rock 11.61% 8,133 28.77%
Arizona Chandler 12.83% 17,651 26.82%
California Hayward 8.94% 7,043 32.31%
Florida Brandon 8.56% 5,132 33.99%
Ohio Cincinnati 7.95% 11,907 34.60%
North Carolina High Point 6.75% 3,584 53.49%
California Richmond 6.07% 3,506 68.64%
California Clovis 6.79% 3,497 48.24%
Florida Miami Beach 5.30% 2,868 122.50%
Michigan Livonia 10.48% 5,307 28.16%
Arizona Tempe 10.56% 11,690 26.79%
Minnesota St. Paul 7.98% 12,859 31.64%
Louisiana Baton Rouge 7.03% 7,463 37.31%
New York Albany 8.66% 4,345 29.74%
Missouri Columbia 7.38% 4,844 33.66%
Washington Spokane 5.62% 6,054 63.89%
Illinois Aurora 6.40% 6,890 46.75%
Texas McKinney 11.01% 10,659 24.49%
California San Mateo 15.64% 8,955 21.39%
Connecticut Stamford 6.63% 4,770 43.03%
Minnesota Rochester 11.38% 7,209 22.64%
California Burbank 6.31% 3,331 44.76%
Colorado Arvada 10.40% 7,001 22.93%
Georgia Sandy Springs 13.36% 8,490 21.06%
Michigan Lansing 7.08% 3,926 31.88%
California Palmdale 4.88% 3,238 74.09%
Maryland Baltimore 8.12% 23,237 27.60%
California Oxnard 4.64% 4,831 87.32%
California Irvine 17.70% 24,198 17.99%
California Oakland 9.23% 21,764 24.41%
Washington Seattle 16.74% 75,672 17.46%
North Carolina Wilmington 5.97% 3,582 36.98%
Nevada North Las Vegas 3.90% 4,281 134.70%
Nevada Enterprise 4.70% 4,767 63.20%
Oregon Gresham 5.41% 2,915 46.41%
Florida Davie town 4.97% 2,967 55.67%
Iowa Des Moines 5.89% 6,630 36.42%
Ohio Columbus 7.86% 37,400 25.59%
Texas Killeen 4.43% 2,723 73.22%
New Jersey Jersey City 13.33% 18,906 17.67%
Georgia Roswell 8.73% 4,523 22.41%
Michigan Ann Arbor 17.56% 11,175 15.11%
Oklahoma Broken Arrow 7.51% 4,109 24.89%
Connecticut New Haven 6.73% 4,134 29.43%
Arizona Tucson 6.42% 15,982 30.17%
Utah West Valley City 4.67% 3,313 55.91%
Missouri St. Louis 7.88% 12,482 22.78%
Nevada Reno 6.16% 8,263 30.41%
South Carolina North Charleston 7.23% 4,093 24.52%
Texas Denton 6.47% 5,073 29.48%
Kentucky Lexington-Fayette 6.73% 11,596 27.86%
Rhode Island Providence 6.03% 4,695 31.44%
California Huntington Beach 7.62% 8,014 22.50%
Utah Salt Lake City 9.20% 10,371 19.45%
California Stockton 3.98% 5,125 65.86%
California Elk Grove 8.71% 6,980 20.32%
Alabama Huntsville 13.93% 13,144 14.30%
North Carolina Fayetteville 3.84% 3,006 64.53%
New Jersey Newark 3.40% 4,379 102.64%
California San Francisco 13.68% 73,437 13.84%
Pennsylvania Allentown 3.55% 1,950 78.74%
New Jersey Elizabeth 3.03% 1,929 108.99%
Iowa Cedar Rapids 7.22% 5,227 22.27%
Oregon Salem 5.15% 4,164 33.85%
Texas Corpus Christi 3.90% 5,871 57.82%
California Ontario 3.12% 2,881 102.74%
Louisiana New Orleans 5.65% 9,946 29.72%
California Mission Viejo 9.37% 4,793 17.10%
California Salinas 2.97% 2,014 105.51%
Oklahoma Norman 8.78% 5,567 17.85%
California East Los Angeles 2.24% 1,197 208.51%
Florida Clearwater 4.41% 2,444 41.03%
Texas Frisco 14.79% 13,888 12.05%
Utah West Jordan 7.99% 4,823 18.01%
Iowa Davenport 4.47% 2,284 39.10%
Georgia Augusta-Richmond 4.07% 3,436 46.03%
Texas Brownsville 1.41% 1,023 246.78%
Texas Irving 12.50% 16,806 12.97%
Arizona Phoenix 5.50% 45,985 28.39%
Florida Hialeah 2.55% 3,143 103.83%
California San Bernardino 2.73% 2,380 92.71%
Oklahoma Oklahoma City 6.29% 20,267 24.47%
Oregon Portland 8.72% 32,442 16.61%
South Carolina Charleston 8.34% 6,504 16.96%
California Fullerton 6.89% 4,909 20.88%
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