Tech & Science Forget San Francisco or Seattle — these are the 10 most affordable cities to find a good-paying job as a programmer

17:21  18 january  2020
17:21  18 january  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Columbia, like many of the other cities on the list of best places to find a job , has a strong presence of tech and healthcare employers. Big cities like Orlando, San Francisco , Washington D.C. and Boston also cracked the top 10 . These are the 10 best places to work in 2019, according to

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  • Skyrocketing costs of living may have made traditional tech hubs like San Francisco less appealing for tech workers, but other more affordable opportunities still exist around the country.
  • A new study by coding boot camp Coding Dojo ranks cities by weighing the cost of living versus the number of available job postings for developers.
  • The ten highest-ranked cities are largely the suburbs of large tech hubs, but include some surprising outposts in places like Alabama or Missouri.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Developers, hold on to your wallets.

For programmers, developers, and software engineers of all sorts, it's increasingly unnecessary to live in a tech hub like San Francisco or Seattle - which is good news, as the cost of living in each city only continues to skyrocket.

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I also think San Francisco has more energy and culture than Seattle although probably not as San Francisco also has better year long weather. Seattle does get nice but only during the spring and But, having family in around the Seattle area, this city has it ALL. If you're looking for affordable

So why pay the median $US4,128 in monthly rent for a two-bedroom San Francisco apartment when you could build your career in a city that isn't among the most expensive?

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Top 10 most affordable and opportunistic cities . Image: Coding Dojo. One of the most surprising cities at first Again; good luck finding a two bedroom in New York for ,800," Lappala added. This list shows that developers don't need to move to big cities to get great jobs , Lappala said.

Seattle -Bellevue-Everett, WA. Ten Most Affordable Cities . 1. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 2 If the big city isn't your thing, you may be more interested in checking into the most and least affordable For a slightly different take, check out last year's guide to the best US cities to live, work, and play.

A new research report from coding bootcamp Coding Dojo ranked American cities by weighing their cost of living versus the number of open job postings for entry-level and mid-career developers within a 25-mile radius.

Coding Dojo says it assigned a composite score to cities based on the number of open developer postings on job site Indeed, and its cost of living using the median rent of a two-bedroom apartment, as calculated by cost comparison site NerdWallet.

Here are the ten cheapest American cities with the most opportunity for developers:

10. Vallejo, California

a car parked in front of a houseMedian rent: $US1,679

Open entry-level jobs: 975

Open mid-level jobs: 3,343

Vallejo, California, is the only San Francisco Bay Area city to make Coding Dojo's list. The city is small, housing just 125,000 people, and is perhaps best-known as the home of the amusement park Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

It may have made Coding Dojo's cut because San Francisco proper and its environs is within the 25-mile radius it used to tally open job postings for developers.

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New data from BusinessStudent.com breaks down the most cost-effective cities for business Tulsa, Oklahoma was found to be the most affordable city to live and work in 2019, with 85 percent of a Don't miss: The 10 best cities for finding a job today don't include New York or San Francisco .

Sure, San Francisco , Seattle and New York offer the highest- paying IT jobs , but factor in cost of living Along with job opportunities in tech, Lewiston is experiencing a healthcare and nursing boom right now, as well as a strong This city makes it on ZipRecruiter’s list year after year, says Barrera.

But the city also has big ambitions for its nascent tech scene, and bid against giants like New York and Chicago when Amazon began its hunt for HQ2, a second headquarters.

9. Austin, Texas

  Forget San Francisco or Seattle — these are the 10 most affordable cities to find a good-paying job as a programmer Median rent: $US1,520

Open entry-level jobs: 597

Open mid-level jobs: 2,004

Austin, Texas draws droves of tech workers, thanks to a vibrant music scene and young millennial population. It is one of the fastest-growing major metro areas in the country.

Google,Facebook,Atlassian, and Oracle already have thousands of workers in Austin's "Silicon Hills."

But the job marketplace for entry and mid-level jobs has plenty of room to grow. Most recently, Apple announced that it will invest $US1 billion in a new campus in North Austin, potentially adding close to 15,000 more workers in the city.

8. Huntsville, Alabama

a person wearing a suit and tieMedian rent: $US858

Open entry-level jobs: 164

Open mid-level jobs: 570

Huntsville, Alabama is ranked as the most affordable city for developers to live, thanks to a $US858 monthly rent.

The city, which can be found in northern Alabama close to the Tennessee border, has been considered a 'tech centre' since the 1960s, back when NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre was founded.

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U.S. News & World Report ranked 125 cities in the USA based on what matters most so our readers can make informed decisions. Here are the Best Places to Live in the U.S. San Francisco , CA. See the Full Rankings List.

San Francisco in summer is COLDER than Seattle and other times of the year, can be Politics — both progressive although I find SF more loudly progressive and Seattle more reservedly so. Diversity: not sure why this is important to you, but SF is extremely diverse. IIRC, Seattle has a larger

But while it houses a number of technical jobs, relatively fewer developer jobs appear to be available compared to the rest of the list.

7. Minneapolis, Minnesota

a person sitting on top of a snow covered roadMedian rent: $US1,189

Open entry-level jobs: 408

Open mid-level jobs: 1,250

The growth of high-tech jobs in Minneapolis spurred the local government into action: The city now offers trainings, support and scholarships to low-income job seekers as a part of a mission to bridge a skills gap and allow its workers to participate in the high tech economy, the city website's TechHire initiative says.

6. Newark, New Jersey

a harbor filled with lots of trafficMedian rent: $US1,830

Open entry-level jobs: 1,654

Open mid-level jobs: 5,195

The industrial city of Newark, New Jersey - close to New York City, and home to Newark Liberty International Airport - is gaining a reputation as home to a buzzy tech ecosystem.

The city houses the headquarters of audio industry giant Audible, as well as a number of smaller startups. The $US45 million early-stage venture capital fund Newark Venture Partners has also helped grow a number of early-stage startups.

And that tech ecosystem has translated into a number of open and available jobs, perhaps also benefiting from its close proximity to the five boroughs of NYC. The city ranks highest in offering open entry-level jobs (and ranks second-highest for offering mid-level jobs), according to Coding Dojo's report.

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Austin, TX, is the best city in the U.S. for high- paying jobs and affordability, according to a new study from personal finance website NerdWallet. Denver came in second, followed by Nashville, TN, Seattle and Durham, NC, to round out the top five spots. The report rated the country’s 100-largest cities by

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5. Lowell, Massachusetts

a sign on the side of a roadMedian rent: $US1,541

Open entry-level jobs: 1,260

Open mid-level jobs: 3,661

Massachusetts has a thriving technology industry, thanks to the efforts of technically-oriented students and alumni at MIT and Harvard.

So it is perhaps unsurprising that the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, made Coding Dojo's list. Just a 35 minute drive away from Boston and Cambridge, the city would seem to offer an easy commute to tech workers looking to live there.

But it also independently hosts a number of developer jobs. Notably, the workforce management cloud provider Kronos is based in Lowell.

4. Atlanta, Georgia

a river running through a cityMedian rent: $US1,215

Open entry-level jobs: 635

Open mid-level jobs: 1,912

Atlanta is the largest city in the state of Georgia, and its balance of a reasonable rent and a decent number of open jobs is winning over people leaving the West Coast and coming to the South.

A number of companies - including unicorns like MailChimp and Rubicon Global - have based their headquarters in Atlanta.

The city is also home to the Georgia Institute of Technology (more popularly known as Georgia Tech), which provides it with a reliable source of potential talent for startups.

3. St. Louis, MO

a bridge over a body of waterMedian rent: $US878

Open entry-level jobs: 321

Open mid-level jobs: 828

Missouri's second-biggest metropolis is one of the most affordable places for developers to live, with a median rent of $US878 per month.

And it has a growing tech hub, especially for geospatial technology. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency plans to build a $US1.7 billion regional headquarters in North St. Louis by 2025.

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You’ll find lower rent in the more residential areas of the city such as the Outer Sunset or Outer It’s easy to access the city via BART and other transportation methods. This may be a good option if Some good friends of mine recently moved out of San Francisco when their landlord wanted to sell

San Francisco or Manhattan has the highest median home prices in the US depending on which sources you use. In San Francisco that If you get a high- paying tech job in the Bay Area you might expect to have it made. It’s a culturally rich region with an enjoyable climate and a lot of natural beauty.

2. Detroit, Michigan

a person riding on the back of a car covered in snowMedian rent: $US1,139

Open entry-level jobs: 411

Open mid-level jobs: 1,217

The home of General Motors and Ford, Detroit has long been recognised as the heart of the American auto industry.

But available job postings in the city - especially at a mid-level - suggest that the city's landscape may begin to change over the next few years.

This change comes alongside the auto industry's push to embrace Silicon Valley innovation, including General Motors move to develop an electric line of cars to rival Tesla, amid a larger focus on self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles.

1. Bremerton, Washington

a large ship in a body of waterMedian rent: $US1,334

Open entry-level jobs: 1,371

Open mid-level jobs: 6,720

Bremerton, Washington is a one hour ferry-ride away from downtown Seattle, according to the city website.

But the distance from expensive Seattle doesn't appear to have significantly dented the career opportunities available for developers. Coding Dojo ranks Bremerton as #1 in open mid-level job postings.

Here's a birds-eye look at the 10 cities on the map.

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