Alternatives to Silicon Valley, According to the Data

October 19, 2016

9:15 am

As Silicon Valley grows, certain aspects start looking less and less appealing, from office and living rents to average commute time to the cost of living overall. Luckily, the U.S. has plenty of other tech hubs. We’ve written about most of these alternatives, from Denver’s startup competition to Seattle’s growing entrepreneur ecosystem. Now, here’s a data-driven look at the pros and cons that each city presents.

The Selection

DataScience@SMU, the Master of Science in Data Science program from SMU, has the numbers. They took a look at eight big startup cities: Austin, Boston, Denver, New York, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Though they compiled their findings into an infographic, linked here, they also offered a series of takeaways.

Looking for a Corporate Position?

Here’s a look at certain cities with strong positions in areas that could help you find a job faster:

Highest number of companies: New York
Lowest number of companies: Raleigh-Durham
Highest number of job postings: Raleigh-Durham
Lowest number of job postings: New York

Starting Your Own Company?

The data has you covered here, too:

Highest office rental $/ft2: New York
Lowest office rental $/ft2: Seattle
Highest in available office space: New York
Lowest in available office space: Raleigh-Durham

Check out the entire post for a ranked look at each city’s placement in categories including the cost of living, the total amount of companies matched against the number of new companies, the cost of a one-bedroom rent, and the current job growth rate. Maybe you’ll find yourself in the next big digital startup hub.

Image: Flickr / Rene Schwietzke


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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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