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Detroit Named Best City for CAD Designers

Niles, Greenville and Bloomington among The Best Destinations in The Country

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 23, 2017) – Detroit, MI is a haven for CAD designers according to a top 10 ranking of cities to live in for the profession.

The official ranking, released by IT and engineering recruitment experts, Modis, was topped by two Michigan cities, with Detroit leading the rankings and Niles coming in second.

Top 10 Best Cities for CAD Designers in The USA

Cities on the list were ranked using a number of factors, including the concentration of jobs in the area, the average wage of the profession in each city, and the level of investment in tech talent in their state.

Three of the top five cities have a population under 100,000, and although a few large cities did make it into the top 10 (New York, NY, San Francisco, CA and New Orleans, LA), they didn’t rank higher due to their inflated cost of living. The rankings also revealed:

  • Bloomington, IL (4th) has the lowest cost of living in the top 10, 9% below the national average. San Francisco, CA (8th) has the highest cost of living, 63% above average.
  • Greenville, SC which was recently named as one of the top 10 fastest growing cities in America, has the highest average wage after Detroit, MI (13% above the national average)
  • Michigan has seven of the top 10 most concentrated areas for CAD designers in the country

Matthew Ripaldi, senior vice president at Modis, commented:

“It’s a good time to be a CAD designer. Over the next few years, we’re anticipating job creation above the national average in both the IT and engineering industries, so highly skilled talent, like CAD designers, are positioned to take advantage of competitive opportunities. Our current best cities ranking is a great starting point for today’s CAD job seekers, and we look forward to seeing continued demand for this niche across the country.”

For the full results and more information please visit the Modis blog here.

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Research Methodology

Modis sourced an ‘occupational profile’ for Commercial and Industrial Designers from the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics). This profile featured average wage and location quotient data both nationally and for MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas).

Cities were ranked initially using their location quotient, which gives MSAs a score based on the concentration of a certain profession in that area, proportionally compared to the rest of the country. Initial location ranking was based on a weighted percentage ranking using the scale of location quotient scores from every featured MSA.

They were then ranked according to wage data. The average wage was ranked using each area’s percentage amount over the occupation’s national average wage, the higher the percentage, the higher the score.

The top 50 was taken from each category and cities that featured in both lists were compiled. Cities were then ranked again using the same procedures, adjusting each city’s average wage proportionally by its cost of living score (taken from Each city was given a point score for both location and wage, as well as a score for the state level of investment in science ( and technology, to get an overall score.

About Modis
Modis is the world leader in comprehensive IT and engineering recruitment and workforce solutions, connecting best-in-class companies in virtually every industry with niche talent for both temporary and permanent assignments. With keen industry insight, tenacity and unmatched depth of expertise, Modis understands the world of IT and engineering, as well as the people who practice it. It is this understanding that empowers Modis to help both clients and candidates make exceptional connections in today’s complex world of work. Modis is a true powerhouse in the field of IT and engineering staffing, offering the most expansive talent base, branch network and global reach available in today’s workforce. For additional information, please visit

Mary Beth Waddill
Adecco Group North America – Modis