San Antonio, TX
Military City, USA
As the 7th most populous city in the U.S., with nearly 1.6 million residents, San Antonio is a popular city for technologists thanks to intentional, long-term tech investment — even though it’s sometimes overshadowed by neighbors Dallas and Austin. Cybersecurity plays an especially prominent role in the city’s tech landscape, potentially due in part to multiple local military bases. In fact, Texas ranks second to Virginia on Business Facilities’ list of states with the most cybersecurity growth potential.
Tech Bloc, a city-wide movement, is dedicated to growing San Antonio’s tech ecosystem by producing new jobs and generating millions in economic impact. According to Tech Bloc’s 2022 Economic Impact Report, the number of tech companies in San Antonio has grown 36%, and the economic impact from the city’s tech industry has increased from $8.5 billion in 2010 to $8.8 billion in 2015 and $10.8 billion as of 2022.
Size: 485 square miles
Growth Since 2010: +1.49%
YoY Postings Growth: +80%
Tech Job Report Posting Rank: 22
Top Hiring Organizations: USAA, Humana, UnitedHealth Group, Anthem Blue Cross, Wells Fargo
Top Occupations: Software developer/engineer, business analyst, data analyst/engineer/scientist, systems administrator/engineer, DevOps engineer, Full Stack engineer
Average Tech Salary: $95,948
Port San Antonio
“The Port, a 1,900-acre technology campus just southwest of downtown, is also home to the national headquarters for the Air Force’s Cyber Command, with the 16th Air Force’s Cyber Command and associated supporting cyber activities operating at the Port and its neighbor, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The Port is developing the former Kelly Air Force Base site, into an innovation hub housing companies specializing in cybersecurity, aerospace, applied technologies, and defense. The significant defense-sector cyber assets at the Port have attracted an array of marquee names to the campus, including Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI, Northrop Grumman, CNF Technologies, IOMAXIS, and IPSecure.”
What’s it like to live in Military City, USA?
During the pandemic, Miami mayor Francis Suarez attracted tech-world headlines when he actively encouraged technologists sick of life in Silicon Valley to come to his Florida metropolis. He wanted the tech world to recognize Miami as an up-and-coming tech hub, and there are solid indications he succeeded: Softbank has invested heavily in the local scene, startups are springing up and some of those startups (such as Pipe, REEF Technology, and Papa) have become billion-dollar unicorns.
With all credit due to Suarez’s cheerleading, the rise of Miami’s tech scene has relied on a handful of key factors, including sustained investment, a tight-knit group of local founders and enough demand to power strong salary growth (the average technologist salary in Miami grew 11.4% between 2020 and 2021, hitting $92,004). The warm weather and proximity to a cool beach scene doesn’t hurt, either.
Growth Since 2010: +1.93%
YoY Postings Growth: +104%
Tech Job Report Posting Rank: 20
Top Hiring Organizations: Anthem Blue Cross, Deloitte, Accenture, Dell, ChenMed, UKG Incorporated
Top Occupations: Software developer/engineer, project manager, network engineer/architect, business analyst, IT project manager, computer support specialist
Average Tech Salary: $92,004
Wynwood Art District
“The Wynwood Art District is a magnet for California technology companies drawn to its colorful murals, pedestrian-friendly streets and unique bar and restaurant concepts. Miami’s nascent technology sector began setting up shop years ago in the hip neighborhood, already home to early coworking spot and incubator The Lab Miami and coding bootcamp BrainStation (formerly Wyncode Academy).”
What’s it like to live in Silicon Beach?
The Twin Cities
Centrally located between tech hubs on the East and West Coasts, Minneapolis offers job-seeking technologists a balance of established companies and startups. For those not interested in the booming startup scene, Target, Medtronic and US Bank are some of the biggest companies headquartered in Minneapolis that employ technology professionals.
According to CompTIA’s Cyberstates Report, 8% of Minneapolis’ (metro area) workforce is in tech, with IT services and custom software services being the top sector for tech jobs, followed by manufacturing. For tech talent in nearby Midwest metro areas like Chicago and Des Moines who are looking for a change, Minneapolis is a great option with its strong investment and prioritization of tech: Minneapolis’ tech industry accounted for nearly 10% of the city’s economy in 2021.
Growth Since 2010: +2.2%
YoY Postings Growth: +48%
Tech Job Report Posting Rank: 17
Top Hiring Organizations: Wells Fargo, US Bank, IBM, University of Minnesota, Deloitte, Target
Top Occupations: Software engineer, business analyst, Full Stack developer, data analyst/engineer/scientist, java developer, DevOps engineer, Scrum master
Average Tech Salary: $109,089
North Loop (Warehouse District)
“What used to be a neglected, largely abandoned section of Minneapolis is now one of the city’s most vibrant and walkable neighborhoods, with award-winning restaurants, fashionable boutiques, bustling taprooms, live music and Major League Baseball just steps away. The North Loop has become the neighborhood in which to live and work, as well as an arts, entertainment, shopping and dining destination. Businesses, especially creative and tech firms, have also gravitated to the North Loop, finding the old warehouse spaces, ease of transportation, neighborhood amenities and neighborhood energy particularly well-suited to their needs.”