Ten Best U.S. Cities for Tech Jobs and the Colorado City That Made the Cut

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These days, folks with technical know-how are sought after pretty much anywhere in these United States.

But some communities are tech-job-friendlier than others.

The folks at the NerdWallet website have come up with a roster of the ten best U.S. metro areas for tech-job seekers based on factors such as the number of tech gigs per 1,000 positions, average salary and median rent. And not only did one Colorado community make the list, but it sneaked into the top five — and it wasn't Denver, despite the 100 new jobs being created in the city by FiveStars, a firm that specializes in marketing automation for small and medium-size businesses

Count down the photo-illustrated list below, supplemented by NerdWallet data and excerpts. To see the original post, featuring much more information, click here.

Boston.
Boston.
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10. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
Between startups and flourishing mainstays, the Boston area continues to make its mark on the tech world. Here, 57 of every 1,000 jobs are in tech, and workers can expect average salaries just over six figures. Rents are the fourth highest on our list at a median of $1,200 a month....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 57.06
Average tech salary: $102,939.98
Median rent: $1,207.00
Overall score: 49.50

Austin.
Austin.
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9. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
Austin, Round Rock and San Marcos in Texas make up the area affectionately dubbed “Silicon Hills.” Due to venture capital interest and a wealth of incubators and accelerators, startups thrive in the Austin area, where about 58 of every 1,000 jobs are in tech. Although the area’s tech workers see the lowest salaries on our list at just over $84,300 a year, rents are also lower at a median of $1,000 a month....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 58.82
Average tech salary: $84,366.35
Median rent: $1,000.00
Overall score: 49.73

Raleigh.
Raleigh.
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8. Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
In the second North Carolina Research Triangle area on our list, 56 of every 1,000 jobs are in tech. Raleigh-Cary is ideal for tech employees looking for affordable living, with median rent at $908. The area also made our list of Best Places for STEM Graduates....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 56.55
Average tech salary: $87,311.41
Median rent: $908.00
Overall score: 51.60

Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
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7. Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia
In the metro area around the nation’s capital, about 79 of every 1,000 jobs are in tech. Venture capitalists and accelerator programs help the industry thrive, and in D.C. alone, there are over 1,000 tech startups. Last year, the mayor of Washington, D.C., unveiled an economic development initiative, Digital DC. Tech workers see salaries of over $104,000 on average, but they also pay the second-highest rents on our list at a median of $1,481 a month....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 79.10
Average tech salary:  $104,148.45
Median rent: $1,481.00
Overall score: 52.68

San Francisco.
San Francisco.
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6. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
Just north of the heart of Silicon Valley, Redwood City, San Mateo and San Francisco are home to the biggest names in tech, including Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Yelp, Salesforce, Dropbox, Yahoo, Oracle and many more....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 72.47
Average tech salary: $113,093.16
Median rent: $1,435.00
Overall score: 53.42



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