Anyone who lives in well-established tech hubs such as Silicon Valley, New York City, and Seattle knows that the cost of living is often an issue. Rents and housing prices have skyrocketed as local tech companies have hired more technologists, and rising population can trigger other issues, including congestion and school crowding.
That’s one of the big reasons why the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of remote work has led to technologists exploring cities with lower costs of living. But which cities offer an ideal mix of cheap housing and job opportunities? Coding Dojo recently crunched some numbers and came up with a list of cities that not only offer low rent, but a solid number of opportunities for entry-level and mid-career developers. Here are the top cities on their list:
“Our team conducted research by first identifying the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. using the Census Bureau Vintage 2020 Population Estimates,” is how Coding Dojo explains its methodology. “We then used Apartment List’s rent estimates tool to find median rent, and a Boolean search on Indeed.com to measure the number of open developer jobs within a 25-mile radius of a given city.” While that doesn’t factor in skyrocketing housing prices, it suggests anyone on the median technologist salary (which stood at $97,859 in the most recent Dice Salary Survey) should be able to find a suitable place to rent.
For those who aren’t that familiar with Texas, Leander is a city pretty close to Austin, which is well-regarded as an up-and-coming tech hub. In fact, it’s worth noting the number of Texas cities on this list; over the past few years, the state hasmade a concerted push to attract technology companies. In a 2020 study conducted by Blind, which anonymously surveys technologists, some 29 percent of respondents said that Texas was “the next Silicon Valley” and that they planned to move, versus the 36 percent who said that “Silicon Valley will always be the tech hub” and that they’re staying (that survey had 5,641 responses overall).
But it’s not just Texas; the pandemic has led to any number of technologists exploring new places to live. According to a poll by Morning Consult on behalf of Bloomberg News, some 39 percent of U.S. adults would potentially quit their jobs if their employer didn’t offer some flexibility around remote work. That’s a lot of people open to doing their jobs from someplace far cheaper than their current zip code.