Oregon city (not Portland) makes list of top growing tech markets

Eugene ranks in the Top 10 for Up-and-Coming Cities for Tech Jobs.

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Eugene ranked in the Top 10 for Up-and-Coming Cities for Tech Jobs, according to a report from ZipRecruiter.

Tech jobs aren’t just start ups and social media, and the industry is expanding rapidly from its historical hub of Silicon Valley. Major coastal cities typical for job migration are close behind as leaders in the industry, but their success may be due more to a large population and generally successful diversified economy. Though business is booming in these cities, the positions that are available get filled fast by incoming job seekers.

So where should you go to get in on the ground floor of the next big tech capital? We analyzed all the metropolitan areas with positive job growth in our most recent jobs report to find which cities are on the verge of a boom in the industry. Our results showed that the most common factors in cities creating the highest number of tech jobs were a low cost of living, and local colleges that provide resources for research and a continuous entry level workforce. In many cases, the tech industry is revitalizing once depressed economies, and is specifically working to bring the former Rust Belt back to the forefront of the nation’s economy.

(SOURCE: ZipRecruiter)

The article revolved around finding tech jobs outside of the Silicon Valley: “If you want take that first step in your career in tech, or you want to start a startup of your own, these are great potential alternatives,” said communications and content marketing manager of ZipRecruiter, Scott Garner.

The study’s authors had this to say about Eugene:

Known as the Silicon Forest, Eugene is home to the natural beauty and culture of Oregon as well as a young and fast growing technology industry.

Total Tech Jobs Open: 3,000
Top Five Tech Jobs: Programmer analyst, senior QA analyst, network and systems engineer, IT services manager, and application software developer
Major College: University of Oregon
Median Rent: $950
Recreation and Culture: Counter-cultural spirit, thriving indie rock scene, hiking, mountain biking, and access to skiing

(SOURCE: Fast Company)

A prominent Eugene tech group celebrated the city’s placement in the rankings.

“It was pretty exciting to see Eugene on the list among others like Austin (Texas) and Provo, Utah,” said Matt Sayre, director of the Eugene office of the Portland-based Technology Association of Oregon.

He and other tech advocates said that Eugene’s inclusion on the list provides affirmation that the local tech community is becoming more organized, that existing firms are maturing and growing, and that more resources are available to help startups.

(SOURCE: Register-Guard)

The nine cities that placed higher than Eugene:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Raleigh, N.C.
  3. Provo, Utah
  4. Fort Collins, Colo.
  5. Hartford, Conn.
  6. Indianapolis, Ind.
  7. Boise, Idaho
  8. Manchester, N.H.
  9. Nashville, Tenn.



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