Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior IT Recruiter

In the past, if you wanted to have a career in IT, you had to be in Silicon Valley. Today, barriers to innovation are lower, and most companies are accelerating their tech adoption. That means IT professionals can be successful in almost any location – even the Midwest.

I recently read an article by CompTIA that highlighted twenty cities in the US that allow IT professionals to have a successful tech career but also offer quality of life and affordability.

Top 20 Tech Towns

  1. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
  2. Raleigh, NC
  3. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  5. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  6. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  7. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  8. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
  9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
  10. Huntsville, AL
  11. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  12. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
  13. Lansing-East Lansing, MI
  14. Madison, WI
  15. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
  16. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
  17. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
  18. Trenton, NJ
  19. Boulder, CO
  20. Colorado Springs, CO

I was pleased to see several midwestern towns on this list. As a tech company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, we certainly feel that you don’t have to move to a traditional tech hub such as Silicon Valley to have a successful career in IT as well as make a substantial salary and enjoy a high quality of life.

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