Ten Best U.S. Cities for Tech Workers, Including Two in Colorado

Last year, NerdWallet's list of the ten best U.S. cities for tech jobs featured one community in Colorado: Boulder.

This year, conducted a similar study for its New Tech City Index 2016, and once again, Boulder made the grade.

But another Colorado city did, too — and placed even higher than did the People's Republic.

As a result, Colorado joins California and Massachusetts as the only states to land more than one place on the roster.

Check out the photo-illustrated top ten below, featuring text, links and data from the site — a lot more of it for the top five. That's followed by a graphic showing the twenty highest-rated cities for tech workers, followed by the methodology used to determine the results. For much more information, click here.

10. Boulder, CO

Boulder, Colorado, is among the most desirable residential destinations in the entire nation, and anyone who spends even just a few days there will easily understand why. With endless recreational opportunities, stunning views of the surrounding landscape and top-notch shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities, the city of Boulder offers it all, and has a hot housing market with an array of high-end options to match. From downtown residences to those that are found more "off the beaten path," there's quite a bit to behold in the city of Boulder....

9. Durham, NC

Whether you are shopping for a sprawling brick home overlooking a golf course or a cute vintage-style cottage, Durham, North Carolina, can meet your needs. There is a dreamy southern charm to the homes in this city. Wraparound porches, manicured lawns lined with azalea bushes, and old oak trees shading the front yard make these neighborhoods both cozy and sophisticated....

8. Baltimore, MD

Homebuyers who want to settle in the country's largest independent city won't need to look any further than Baltimore, MD. The almost 300-year old city retains several historical structures amidst modern developments. While many neighborhoods feature lines of townhomes and apartment buildings, suburban areas also offer single-family homes with sprawling lawns and mature trees. Dubbed "the city of neighborhoods," the seaside town of Baltimore has a variety of dwellings to offer....

7. Santa Ana, CA

In its position as the prestigious county seat of Orange County, Santa Ana makes its mark on California through its beautiful architecture, coastal atmosphere, and classic West Coast character. The homes of the densely populated city vary from beach-style condos to modern townhouses to luxury villas that echo tropical elegance. Between ranch houses, multi-floor homes, and split-level constructions, there's a lot for future residents of Santa Ana to choose from. One thing is for sure: It's sunny in Santa Ana no matter what part of the city you live in....

6. Austin, TX

Austin is the fourth largest city in Texas and home to the University of Texas, the annual music and culture festival South by South West, and the stage of the public television concert series Austin City Limits. The city was founded in 1839 on the banks of the Colorado River, and boasts a population of over 900,000 residents....

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