Technology Hotspots in the USA

I often hear questions about finding jobs in the US and where the technology hotspots are. Since I have worked mostly outside of the areas which are considered hot, I’ve always struggled to give an account for where I consider to be the best cities for job seekers. One set of statistics that I monitor is the source of traffic to PacketU.

The diagram below can be looked at like a heat index to see what states produce the most traffic to this site. Since the focus of this site is technology and networking, I believe this to be a small but fairly accurate sample. It is worth noting that Kentucky is my home state and therefore, may be slightly darker due to local relationships.

Visits By State

Technology States in the USA

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. New York
  4. Illinois
  5. Florida
  6. New Jersey

By looking at this by city, I think we can get a better view of where Technology people are in the US. I’m omitting my hometown from the list because I know the hits are quite skewed from there.

 Visits By City

Technology Cities in the USA

  1. New York, New York
  2. Chicago, Illinois
  3. Houston, Texas
  4. Palisades Park, New Jersey
  5. Dallas, Texas
  6. Alviso, California (San Jose area)
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. Seattle, Washington
  9. Tampa, Florida
  10. San Diego, California

Again, I must point out that this is certainly not a scientific study or one that has a huge sampling of data. However, this is probably a decent indication of where the technology people are and thus a good indicator of where the jobs may be found.

One thing worth noting is that I rarely see traffic from the state of Wyoming. I really find this interesting. Maybe it will be a good place to retire to someday.

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About Paul Stewart, CCIE 26009 (Security)

Paul is a Network and Security Engineer, Trainer and Blogger who enjoys understanding how things really work. With over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Paul has helped many organizations build, maintain and secure their networks and systems.
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