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November 20, 2011 / Raffy Pekson II

Forbes Names Seattle Best City for Tech Jobs

Seattle's famous Pike Place Market taken during winter

Thanks to Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing, Forbes has been voted Seattle the number one city for high-tech growth, based on long- and short-term job numbers, and having enjoyed the steadiest and most sustained tech growth over the past decade. It is followed by Baltimore (No. 2), Columbus, Ohio (No. 3), Raleigh, N.C. (No. 4) and Salt Lake City, Utah (No. 5). Silicon Valley, once the country’s seat of tech jobs, ranked no. 17 in the Forbes survey and has been cited the “biggest loser” among the nation’s tech regions. Only New York City lost more tech jobs during the past decade.

Having a major research university in your backyard certainly accounts for high-tech success, and where will jobs most likely grow in the next decade; Seattle, Columbus, Raleigh and Salt Lake City all boast major educational and research assets. But academic excellence has not translated into steady growth in tech jobs over the past decade for San Jose and San Francisco. Boston, which boasts the most impressive concentration of research universities in the country, did add jobs in research and computer programming, but these were not enough to counter huge losses in telecommunications and electronic component manufacturing.

Read more at Forbes

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