Boost Your Performance in a Tech Industry Hotspot

Graduating from college and moving into the technology industries is a prime spot in which to find yourself, whether it’s in your twenties or later in life as a second career. If you’ve just done that, well done! You’re on your way to owning a bright future full of potential.

The question now is, where do you head to find those truly high performing locations in the U.S.? You want to be somewhere that fuels your potential, that can channel your growth and give you the biggest boom for your dollar. Well, we’re right there with you. Are there places like this that tick the boxes? Or are they fabled lands of yore, existing only in fairy tale?

First things first, what makes a city tech-friendly? Is it the servitors lined up to take your coat and bring you coffee? The jetpack taxi service and the car that gets you to work on a sky-highway, then folds up into a convenient space-saving briefcase?

Forget Jetson’s references. Even though we were promised far more for the future, the present is fairly sweet and getting better all the time (thanks to clever minds and hopeful visions!). Not only that, there are cities that promise growth and a job market that won’t leave you stranded should you relocate to pursue your dreams.

Here’s our list of what makes a city tech-friendly and promising for where it’s headed next, which is based on research done by Inc. and Startup Genome, and written about here in this edition of the mag that we were enamored with.

These are locations with a dense job market, many of them are profitable surging startups as well as old standards like Adobe and Microsoft. Housing is affordable (and if it’s not, the wage matches the cost-of-living), there’s steady population growth, and a hot-bed of start-ups resulting in new markets and interesting, previously unimagined niches.

The current population is also well educated, meaning that there will be no shortage of clever people to hire or work with. With a scene like this, one of these locations is a safe bet for the next place to plant your feet or your next company.

Top Ten Surge Cities:

  1. Austin
  2. Salt Lake City
  3. Raleigh
  4. Nashville
  5. San Francisco
  6. San Jose
  7. San Diego
  8. Denver
  9. Orlando
  10. Portland


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