Top Tech Capitals of the US
Expansions in technology are what keep America thriving. Cities across the country are leading the way in innovation and setting the global standard for technological advancements.
Technology is a booming industry, and a pretty interesting one as well. There are countless conferences, fields of employment, and even movies and television shows being made around our ever-growing consumption of technology – Black Mirror anyone? Check out our list of the most tech-savvy cities in the US.
San Jose is not only one of the leading centers of technology in the US, but in the world. From green technology to the bio-science industry, San Jose offers the latest in innovation and achievements, and allegedly has more corporations, universities, and companies working in nanotechnology than any other metro in the United States. It is home to over 250 companies invested in clean-technology that help to make the city and the world a cleaner, better place. San Jose also offers 182.5 high-tech jobs for every 1,000 private sector jobs, so San Jose’s economy is definitely invested in technology!
There’s nothing more iconic than a cloudy Seattle sky, so it’s fitting that they would be a world leader in engineering cloud computing. Seattle leads the way in global data, IT, and engineering. There are over 250,000 people working in technology-related fields in the Jet City and it’s home to major corporations like Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks. Seattlites are so invested in green industry technology that it is sometimes referred to as the “Emerald City” in honor of all of its greenery. As leaders in sustainability, Seattle makes advancements on green inventions in transportation, green materials, and energy efficiency. The city is home to the University of Washington, voted the #1 most innovative public university in the US.
The Motor City was built on innovation and design, and this classic city is known for advancing the architecture of American life. Although we are far from the days of the Ford Motor Company’s Model-T, Detroit’s antiquity in the field of technology still stands. Their post-recession economy has seen the rapid growth of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs. The city is a leader in engineering services in the region, urban transformation, and automotive expansion. Detroit also hosts an annual Tech Week that attracts tech geeks, businesses, and more from all around the world. Despite economic downfall, the “City of Steel Wheels” is constantly redefining its major industries, with technology being one of them.
In 2015, 60 percent of San Francisco’s business leases were for technology companies. The Golden City is nestled in California’s Silicon Valley, the region between San Jose, Santa Clara County, and Santa Clara Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. Home to some of the nation’s most innovative tech startups, San Fran’s Bay Area is so expansive that it is also the home of major tech companies like Google, McAfee, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, and Intel. This fast-growing region surpasses the City of San Francisco alone and includes all of its surrounding areas. For those who plan on working in the Bay Area, there are many nice suburban neighborhoods outside of the tech hub in San Francisco to call home.
Wichita is a mid-west gem when it comes to the bustling growth of technology across the country. In 2015, Wichita was the third-highest concentration of people in advanced industries – mainly due to its aerospace industry. Wichita’s economy is also fueled by engineering technology and the city’s Department of Commerce builds healthy relationships with technology partners to increase the commercialization of Wichita’s entrepreneurs. The Wichita Technology Corporation also fosters the creation of Wichita’s technology-based businesses.
The technology sector of Brevard County is a diversified one. From high-tech to private companies, Brevard County leads in aerospace engineering, government and cyberspace security, military technologies, and more. Major aerospace companies in the area include NASA, Rockwell Collins, and Northrop Grumman. Although NASA discontinued its Space Shuttle program, the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base at Kennedy Space Center is still a leading center of NASA research.
The DC area is transforming: the nation’s capital may be the hub of governmental agencies, but its booming technology industry is reshaping the fiber of American innovation. DC is home to startups, high-tech businesses, and technology-based investment companies. Much of DC’s ‘one-up’ in the technology sector is because no other US city has as much access to technology policymakers and governmental disposal at their fingertips as DC. Their unique ecosystem of technology includes green industry development, cybersecurity, data, and local and federal tech-based endeavors.
Boston is a classic city that isn’t slowing down and its technology-based industries are surpassing its historic roots, making it a super modern technology hub on the East Coast. It is a central location of many digital technology companies; in fact, the city’s top 100 digital technology sector employs over 37,000 residents. A hot spot of intellectual abilities, the city is home to some of the top universities in the country including Harvard and MIT, both of which are leading the way in innovative education. Harvard’s IT Academy conducts research and data computing and allows for students to submit proposals to its annual IT summit. Presentations have covered topics including biomedical informatics, architecture, engineering, mobile prototyping, social media, and more. With such a strong community of technology-based educational opportunities, its no wonder the City of Boston is blossoming into a technology powerhouse.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including its technology sector. In 2017, Texas’ tech industry employment was the second largest in the country. Austin is proving that the state of Texas has more to offer than agriculture. Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference draws top industry names to the city and the conference has given many technology startup companies their launch. SXSW is one of the biggest conferences in the technology industry for innovation, and attracts businesses both small and large, as well as investors, and is also an outlet for artists, film makers, gamers, and more. The events are so popular around the conference that event former US President Obama was invited to attend the spectacle. This year’s dates are March 9th through 18th.
The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region is a conglomerate of technological innovation. This tri-city metro, referred to as the “Research Triangle,” is a leading contributor in information technology, life sciences, energy technology, and environmental technology. It is home to remarkable research produced by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and others. The area’s largest tech companies include IBM, Red Hat, and Cisco Systems. The region was also voted number three in the nation for life science-based companies.