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.

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

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

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

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

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

5. Boulder, Colorado
In Boulder, 70 of every 1,000 jobs are in the tech industry. Average salaries fall just shy of six figures, while rents hover at $1,168 a month. Venture capital firms in Boulder, such as Foundry Group and Techstars, focus on tech opportunities....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 70.79
Average tech salary: $97,756.91
Median rent: $1,168.00
Overall score: 54.44

4. Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Two-thirds of the North Carolina Research Triangle is the Durham-Chapel Hill area, where 66 of every 1,000 jobs are in tech. Here, salaries are over $94,500, while rents are the second lowest on our list at $870 a month....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 66.26
Average tech salary: $94,535.35
Median rent: $870.00
Overall score: 58.18

3. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
The Seattle metro area, including Bellevue and Everett, is anchored by tech giants Amazon and Microsoft, as well as the region’s aerospace mainstay the Boeing Co., but there’s also room for smaller companies, such as Expedia and Zillow....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 77.61
Average tech salary: $108,472.21
Median rent: $1,135.00
Overall score: 60.73

2. Huntsville, Alabama
The heart of the Southern tech scene is in Huntsville, Alabama. In Rocket City, 68 of every 1,000 jobs are in technology-related fields. Average salaries are on the lower end of our list at $92,296 annually, but median rent is cheapest at $725 a month....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 68.02
Average tech salary: $92,296.22
Median rent: $725.00 61
Overall score: 61.47

1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
It’s no surprise to see the heart of Silicon Valley at the top of our list: A whopping 126 of every 1,000 jobs are in the tech industry. The average tech salary here is also the highest on our list at more than $130,000 a year. Likewise, rents are high, with a median of over $1,600 a month....

Tech employees per 1,000 jobs: 126.27
Average tech salary: $130,179.80
Median rent: $1,640.00
Overall score: 75.00

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