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March 06, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Tennessee places two metros on list of top tech cities

Nashville in the top 25 percent; Memphis near the bottom.

What are the most tech-savvy cities in the U.S.? The answer is it depends on the criteria you use to make the determination.

In a recent report published by Cloudwards, a hub of information on all kinds of online security software, it rated New York City at the top of the rankings, slightly more than eight points ahead of Washington, DC when all factors were considered. Those factors were livability, career and education opportunities, internet coverage, the start-up ecosystem, and the overall tech community. San Francisco comes in at #3 overall, followed by Plano, TX (#4); Jersey City, NJ (#5); Raleigh, NC (#6); Austin, TX (#7); Boston (#8); Pittsburgh, PA (#9); and Frisco, TX (#10).

  • New York City, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Plano and Jersey City have secured top positions as the overall best-ranking tech hubs in the U.S. due to their vibrant tech ecosystems and career opportunities.
  • Washington, DC, Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco and Chicago stand out most for their education and career opportunities in tech. These cities present a compelling blend of plentiful job openings, strong university programs in tech-related fields and a substantial presence of tech companies.
  • Texas shines on the tech scene, with Plano, Austin and Frisco showcasing flourishing tech ecosystems, ample job opportunities and innovative spirits. These factors make them prime choices for individuals seeking excellence in the tech industry.
  • In the realm of competitive IT salaries, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Irvine and Jersey City come out on top, setting the stage for tech professionals to thrive with abundant financial opportunities.

How did Tennessee do? For starters, only Nashville (#23) and Memphis (#98) made the listing of 100 cities. Nashville’s scores were as follows:

  • Livability (#75);
  • Internet coverage and quality (#14);
  • Career and education (#21);
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship (#53); and
  • Tech community (#51).

Memphis’ scores were as follows:

  • Livability (#100);
  • Internet coverage and quality (#95);
  • Career and education (#38);
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship (#77); and
  • Tech community (#83).

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