Omaha Tops List of Best Cities for Tech Pros


What’s the best city for tech workers?

According to personal-finance site SmartAsset, it’s Omaha, Nebraska.

In order to arrive at that conclusion, the site combined data on tech employment and living expenses. Cities nearer the top of its list offer a low cost of living, high pay for tech workers, and an elevated ratio of workers in tech.

Omaha’s cost of living, at 11.7 percent lower than the national average, gave it an advantage over other U.S. cities. Low unemployment helped, too. The average salary was $74,710, with a ratio of “tech wage” to average wage of 1.72.

Second on the list was Huntsville, Alabama, which boasts a high percentage of tech workers thanks to local defense and aerospace firms. Coming in third was Springfield, Illinois, also with a low cost of living and large numbers of techies. Fourth was Fort Worth, Texas, and fifth was Rochester, Minnesota. (Readers of the monthly Dice Report will remember that Minnesota is also the fastest-growing tech state, with a tech workforce that grew 8.36 percent over the past six months.)

The other cities on SmartAsset’s list included, in descending order:

  • Lynchburg, VA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Houston, TX
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Waco, TX

Although San Francisco continues to dominate the imagination as the nation’s heart of tech, the extraordinarily high cost of living in the Bay Area has driven any number of tech pros (and tech companies) to establish themselves in cheaper places. In response, cities across the country have begun broadcasting their attractiveness to techies, in hopes of creating industry hubs.

3 Responses to “Omaha Tops List of Best Cities for Tech Pros”

  1. Pedrinho,

    As an Austinite, I can tell you it’s probably due to cost of living. A lot of these “studies” don’t factor in things like property taxes which are oppressive in most of this state. The tech market is still pretty strong, but there is also a lot more competition for those jobs.

  2. jamesOc

    Agreed on both points Pedrinho & Paul. Austin should probably have been on this list, but I think the scales have already tipped here (I’m an Austinite as well) I’m glad we’re not, b/c we are FULL. And I’m certain more locals will be forced to move outside of the city proper just to be able afford it. Housing here is simply unaffordable. Ausangeles!