The largest hubs of tech talent in the United States and Canada
The tech workforce continues to grow. In fact, there are now an estimate 6.5 million technology workers between the United States and Canada: 5.5 million of whom work in the United States.
This infographic builds on a report from CBRE to determine which tech talent markets in the US and Canada are the biggest. The data looks at the total workforce in the industry, as well as the change in the population of tech workers over time in various cities.
The report also ranks which metropolitan areas and regions can rightly be considered technology centers in the first place, looking at a variety of factors including cost of living, average educational attainment, and technology employment levels as a share of different sectors.
The best tech hubs in the United States
Silicon Valley, in California’s Bay Area, remains the most important (and expensive) technology hub in the United States, with a talent pool of nearly 380,000 technology workers.
Here’s a look at the country’s major tech talent markets in terms of total working population:
|🇮🇹 Market||Total technological talent||% of talent growth (2016-2021)|
|San Francisco Bay Area||378.870||13%|
|New York subway||344.520||3%|
|Dallas / Ft. Worth||187.950||15%|
|Raleigh / Durham||69.050||11%|
|Salt Lake City||55.930||29%|
America’s large coastal cities still contain the lion’s share of tech talent, but midsize tech hubs like Salt Lake City, Portland, and Denver have seen strong growth numbers in recent years. Seattle, which is home to both Amazon and Microsoft, has experienced an impressive 32% growth rate over the past five years.
Emerging technology hubs include areas such as Raleigh-Durham. The two cities have nearly 70,000 technology workers employed and a strong talent pipeline, recording a 28% increase in undergraduate completions in fields such as mathematics / statistics and computer engineering year over year through 2020. In fact, the entire state of the North Carolina is becoming an increasingly attractive business hub.
Houston was the only city on this list that had a negative growth rate of -2%.
The best tech hubs in Canada
Tech giants like Google, Meta, and Amazon are continuously and aggressively increasing their presence in Canada, further cementing the country’s status as the next big destination for tech talent. Here are the country’s four technology hubs with a total worker population of over 50,000:
|🇨🇦 Market||Total technological talent||% of talent growth (2016-2021)|
Toronto recorded the absolute highest growth technology positions in 2021, adding 88,900 jobs. The tech sector in Canada’s largest city has had great momentum in recent years and is now ranked by CBRE as the third largest tech hub in North America, after the SF Bay Area and New York City.
Vancouver’s tech talent population has grown more than the original figure, climbing 63%. Seattle-based companies like Microsoft and Amazon have established large offices in the city, adding to the already thriving tech scene. In addition, Google will build a high-speed submarine fiber-optic cable connecting Canada to Asia, terminating in Vancouver.
In order not to be left behind, Ottawa has also made great strides to increase its technological talent and impress its presence. The country’s capital also has the highest concentration of tech jobs in its workforce, thanks in part to Shopify’s success.
The small but well-known technology hub of Waterloo also had a very high concentration on technology employment (9.6%). The region has seen its tech workforce grow 8% over the past five years.
Six of the top 10 cities by technology workforce concentration are in Canada.
Evolution of technology hubs
The post-COVID era has seen a shifting definition of what a technology hub means. It’s clear that remote work is here to stay, and as workers migrate to chase affordability and comfort, traditional tech hubs are seeing a decline, or at least slower growth, in their tech worker populations.
While it is not evident that there is a mass exodus of tech talent from traditional coastal hubs, the rise of high-paying tech jobs in the country’s smaller markets could indicate a trend and is good for the industry.
As more and more highly talented, resourceful and educated workers continue to opt for convenient places to reside and work remotely, new markets like Charlotte, Tennessee and Calgary will see an increase in tech companies or continue large corporations and startups to opt for. the largest cities on the coast?