Within the technology industry, there’s been quite a bit of focus on the increasing prominence of Texas as a tech hub. Much of that discussion has centered on Austin, which now headquarters Oracle and Tesla; other prominent tech companies, including Hewlett-Packard and Apple, have also established major outposts in the area.
But according to CompTIA’s latest job report, it’s also worth keeping an eye on Dallas, which enjoyed a month-over-month increase in job postings that’s outpaced every other metro area in the country. Take a look at the chart:
Like Austin, Dallas benefits from Texas’s relatively low tax rate (especially compared to California) and friendly business environment. According to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country, the biggest employers of technology talent in the Dallas area include Raytheon, Deloitte, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citi—financial services, tech, and defense, in other words.
Last year, a study by Blind (which anonymously surveys technologists) found that 29 percent of technology professionals thought Texas was “the next Silicon Valley.” That’s a great sign for the state as it attempts to build out a tech community commensurate with the ones found in California and New York. As more tech hubs across the country grow and mature, that gives technologists many more options when it comes to places to live and work (hopefully with a reasonable cost of living).