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Top 25 U.S. Tech Cities in 2017

Cushman & Wakefield researched the top 25 tech cities in the U.S. based on institutions of higher learning, investment funding, a well-qualified workforce, and growth entrepreneurship. These cities have outperformed the U.S. as a whole in terms of job growth, income growth, net absorption of office space, and rent growth over the past seven years. 

Top 25 U.S. Tech Cities in 2017

Top 25 U.S. Tech Markets

  1. San Jose, CA (Silicon Valley)
  2. San Francisco / San Mateo, CA
  3. Washington, DC 
  4. Boston / Cambridge, MA
  5. Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill, NC
  6. Seattle, WA
  7. Austin, TX
  8. Denver / Boulder, CO
  9. San Diego, CA
  10. Madison, WI
  11. Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN
  12. Baltimore, MD
  13. Oakland / East Bay, CA
  14. Portland, OR
  15. New York City, NY
  16. Chicago, IL
  17. Atlanta, GA
  18. Los Angeles, CA
  19. Columbus, OH
  20. Orange County, CA
  21. Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX
  22. Kansas City, MO
  23. Indianapolis, IN
  24. Salt Lake City, UT
  25. Nashville, TN

Other highlights from the report:

  • The number of tech workers in the U.S. is expected to climb above 7.0 million for the first time in 2017, beating the previous record of 6.9 million in 2001.
  • San Jose (Silicon Valley) has the largest percentage of tech workers to total nonfarm jobs at 27.4%; almost double that of San Francisco / San Mateo, which is next on the list at 15.6%.
  • New York City has the most tech workers at almost 329,000, although its percentage to total nonfarm jobs is below the U.S. average at 4.8%.
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