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Finding a lucrative tech job used to mean spending your salary on either East or West Coast rent. Now that tech hubs have sprawled across the country, and several cities boast vibrant tech communities. Technology companies stimulate the economy by providing jobs and also bringing prestige to cities that call these companies home.
Tech entrepreneurs also tend to cluster together, providing job seekers with ample opportunity to jump from one company to the next without moving across the nation. The following cities are current hotbeds for job seekers with the right tech skills and ambition.
To be considered a tech hub, a city must have more than one technology employer offering lucrative positions. Many of these cities also have affordable housing and a higher than average quality of life.
For a better idea of what you can earn elsewhere with the skills you have, take a look at our salary guide and compare your current position with available jobs in a new area.
It might seem risky to set your sights on Iowa or Ohio when tech has a longstanding tradition in California and Boston that isn't dissipating. But where there's one tech company, another will follow (and many already exist in the cities listed above).
The technology landscape is rapidly shifting with new tech opportunities popping up daily in sectors you may not have heard of yet. Many of these new companies are seeking low rent and a chance to build a tech hub in a city where IT professionals want to live.
The advantage of getting in early on one of the fastest-growing tech cities is that you can secure a lucrative job on the ground floor, which means more money lining your pockets very soon.
Take a look at our job listings page and don't skip over the cities you haven't heard of yet -- they're worth more than a second look and may provide the job freedom you've been searching for.