The top up-and-coming cities for tech jobs

There are plenty of alternatives to tech hubs like Silicon Valley and New York. These cities could be the next big thing.

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Whether you're a new grad, thinking of launching your own startup, or are willing to move for better job opportunities, those with technology-related careers have other options besides traditional tech hotspots. 

ZipCruiter recently released its list of the Top 10 Up-and-Coming Cities for Tech Jobs in 2015, which lists metropolitan areas in the US with the highest tech job growth. Most of them are medium-sized cities with lower costs of living than places like Silicon Valley, as well as access to universities and other resources. Maybe one of these cities is the next Silicon Valley, but for now, the tech industry is growing in these more affordable places that also may offer better work-life balance.

  1. Austin-Round Rock, TX: Companies like IBM, Dell, Google, and Facebook have a presence here and over 50,000 positions are listed currently for the tech industry 
  2. Raleigh-Cary, NC: The "Research Triangle" drives tech research and development
  3. Provo-Orem, UT: Home to multiple software companies and also a pilot location for Google Fiber
  4. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO: Intel and Hewlett Packard are major hiring forces here
  5. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT: ZipCruiter notes the city attracts new companies with its local universities' graduating entry level job seekers and excellent quality of life. Insurance, tech, and healthcare industries are growing here.

The bottom half of the list is filled with Indianapolis-IN, Boise City-Nampa, ID, Manchester-Nashua, NH, Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN, and Eugene-Springfield, OR.

Surprised by any of these cities? They all offer recreation and culture, ranging from hiking and mountain biking to thriving nightlife and music scenes. Check out more descriptions of these newer tech hubs at ZipCruiter or expanded descriptions--with median rent and top tech jobs--on Fast Company.

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