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.
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.