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By Nina Zipkin

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While San Francisco, New York and Austin are hubs of startup activity, they aren't the only destinations for people interested in building new tech.

Just as the definition of tech is expanding without bounds, its development is no longer confined by geography. To broaden the possibilities for prospective tech workers, financial planning platform SmartAsset assembled its third annual list of the most tech-friendly cities around the country.

Related: The Best and Worst U.S. Cities to Launch a Business

To determine the rankings, researchers weighed the cost of living in a given area, the median income for tech employees, the rate of employment for people with bachelor's degrees, the proportion of the city's employed population with jobs in the tech sector and the average tech industry salary compared with the average salary for other industries in that city. Missing from the criteria? Ping-pong tables and other gimmicky startup perks.

Read on for some stats about the best cities in the U.S. for aspiring tech workers. For the full study, head over to SmartAsset.

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10. Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Average income for tech employees: $78,290
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 5.32 percent

9. San Antonio, Texas

Average income for tech employees: $84,070
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 3 percent

8. Des Moines, Iowa

Average income for tech employees: $77,800
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 3.45 percent

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7. Raleigh, N.C.

Average income for tech employees: $85,370
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 5.21 percent

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6. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Average income for tech employees: $77,470
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 4.24 percent

5. Columbus, Ohio

Average income for tech employees: $80,320
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 4.12 percent

4. Omaha, Neb.

Average income for tech employees: $75,890
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 3.77 percent

2. Huntsville, Ala. (tie)

Average income for tech employees: $92,480
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 5.94 percent

2. Durham, N.C. (tie)

Average income for tech employees: $91,560
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 5.93 percent

1. Springfield, Ill.

Average income for tech employees: $83,520
Percent of workforce in the tech industry: 2.79 percent

Nina Zipkin

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