AT A GLANCE
- Silicon Valley doesn’t have a monopoly on great tech jobs anymore—tech companies are opening in mid-sized cities across America.
- These new tech hubs offer promising job opportunities, plus more affordable home prices.
- Wondering where to begin a home search? Trulia’s search data points the way to the neighborhoods locals love in these cities.
There’s no shortage of good tech jobs in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, of course. But with the median home price topping $1 million, even highly paid tech workers can have trouble making ends meet. Fortunately, several mid-sized cities across the country are experiencing their own tech booms, with startups galore and plenty of job openings. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is just the beginning. The BLS predicts that over the next decade employment in tech will grow 13 percent, faster than the average for all other occupations.
So, where are these new tech hubs? Everywhere from Alabama to Colorado. Here’s a look at four cities where job prospects are growing rapidly and where a tech salary (which averages $109,000 nationwide according to industry nonprofit CompTIA) will go a lot farther in the housing market.
As a home-buying headstart for people looking to relocate for a job, we dug into Trulia’s data to find out which neighborhood or suburb in each of these tech hubs gets the most searches by locals—in other words, by the people who know the area best. If you’re up for relocating, consider it a sweet spot for starting your home search.