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5 of the Top 100 Metro Areas for Tech Jobs are in NC


NerdWallet examined the nation’s 370 largest metropolitan areas to find the best places for tech jobs. All of the top 10 places for tech jobs feature more opportunities than the national average of 18 tech jobs for every 1,000 employees. The tech workers on their list are paid very well — every metro area on their list has a relatively higher average salary than the national mean of just under $70,500. Two North Carolina cities made the top ten, and three more made the top 100. 

4. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

"Two-thirds of the North Carolina Research Triangle is the Durham-Chapel Hill area, where 66 of every 1,000 jobs are in tech. Here, salaries are over $94,500, while rents are the second lowest on our list at $870 a month. Big companies, including IBM and Cisco, have homes at Research Triangle Park. Companies and cities partner to encourage startups with several accelerator programs, and others, such as American Underground, based in Durham, host office space along with a Google for Entrepreneurs tech hub."

8. Raleigh-Cary, NC

"In the second North Carolina Research Triangle area on our list, 56 of every 1,000 jobs are in tech. Raleigh-Cary is ideal for tech employees looking for affordable living, with median rent at $908. The area also made our list of Best Places for STEM Graduates. Tech companies such as Red Hat call Raleigh-Cary home, while over 170 companies are based at Research Triangle Park. Nearby universities help supply a flow of dynamic workers for one of the new metro areas set to welcome Google’s high-speed fiber-optic Internet service."

14. Charlotte, NC

Charlotte isn't just one of the top cities for tech jobs, but it frequently appears on lists of the best places to live, too. Charlotte has amazing nightlife, restaurants, museums, art galleries, and live music, in addition to an NBA team and an NFL team. We're excited to announce that we are opening our flagship campus in Charlotte in July.

83. Winston-Salem, NC, and 86. Greensboro, NC

Winston-Salem and Greensboro make up two-thirds of the Piedmont Triad. Our first campus is located in Kernersville, in the heart of the Triad, only minutes away from all these cities have to offer.