In 2018, CompTIA launched its inaugural “Tech Town Index” to show how and where technology flourishes in the U.S. and provide guidance to information technology (IT) professionals seeking upward movement or looking to put down roots. Every year since then, the report has been updated as CompTIA gathers new data and identifies new trends.
Based on 2021 job posting data, CompTIA looked at 20 metropolitan areas with populations greater than 250,000, where demand for tech workers is greatest. The cities were then ranked based on cost of living, number of postings for open IT positions and projected job growth over the next 12 months and the next five years.
You can find the latest rankings here, and there are no Tennessee cities making the top 20. For the third consecutive year, Austin ranked #1. But for 2021, San Jose took second place, and Dallas fell ever so slightly to third place on the index. Atlanta and Huntsville round out the top five Tech Towns.
Closer to home, three North Carolina cities made the top 20 – Charlotte (#6), Raleigh (#7), and Durham-Chapel Hill (#13).