computer related jobs

It used to be that Americans went to college and then got a job either near where we graduated or back near where we grew up — places we were familiar with. Maybe later in our careers, we’d get moved to another location, or choose to relocate on our own. The Internet has, in its relatively short existence compared to other technologies, opened up career opportunities, making it easier to find jobs anywhere in the USA, thanks to hundreds of job sites and listings on thousands of corporate sites. Of course, that’s maybe more choice than some of us want or need, though the option is there.

One area of growth is in computer related jobs, which goes beyond just programming. We’ve compiled a list of 50 American cities with the most tech jobs. Because job counts are so variable from month to month, even week to week, we observed computer related job postings over a five-month period in over 80 regions. This info was combined with top cities for existing computer related jobs to form this general outlook. It’s a loose ranking, and jobs are subject to change. Since computer related jobs can by nearly any company these days, we’ve listed the top industries in each city and some of the top employers.

NOTES:

Ranking here is approximate, not exact, due to ever-changing job availability and trends.
While the majority of jobs are in cities, population is not always an indicator, as some towns are part of “research parks/ technology corridors.”
Many of the entries in the list represent a region, not necessarily just one city or town. There are several reasons for this, but primarily to not give more entries to one part of the country than necessary (e.g., all the cities/towns in Silicon Valley, California). As well, by providing info on a region and the “livability index,” you have some options as to where to live near a place with suitable jobs.
Regions mentioned here are usually based on a federal or state government agency’s definition of a “statistical area.” Statistical areas are not used when they occur across state borders, or when area is very large and using multiple entries makes more sense.
MSA = Metropolitan Statistical Area
CSA = Combined Statistical Area; typically includes any MSAs
For reader convenience, each entry links to the official website of the primary city/ town/ county listed,
Population figures are approximate and are either based on the 2010 US Census or a specific year’s estimate.
Abbreviation “K” = thousands (multiplier). E.g., 599.1K ~= 599,100
Abbreviation “M” = millions (multiplier). E.g., 3.126M ~= 3,126,000
A shortlist of top employers and local or nearby colleges is provided for each entry when available.
A lot of different jobs fall into the spectrum of “computer-related.” Our job search research used a combination of terms, including database, software, computer, network, information, IT, systems, administrator and several other keywords, for both job titles and job description text. Keep in mind, also that “computer-related” includes less technical/ non-engineering careers as well, which many large non-tech companies may offer.
Entries include a Livability Index when available, which is sourced from Areavibes.com.
Cycling-friendly ratings are sourced from bikeleague.org (The League of American Bicyclists).
“Best places rank” refers to Forbes 2014 list of Best Places for Business and Careers.
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