Although best known for its software companies, the city's tech sector has enormous potential to become more diverse, says Xconomy's Buderi. According to the Washington Technology Industry Association, Seattle is home to more than 700 tech industry organizations and companies. Buderi suspects the city may have been among the most active for start-ups this year.
Seattle had among the highest demand ratios for computer software applications engineers relative to supply. This city's tech employees rank third highest in average pay, higher than considerably more expensive cities such as New York and Washington, according to data from Glassdoor.
It turns out the nation's capital needs geeks. From network engineer to systems administrator, Washington has among the highest number of openings in the nation. Washington ranks in the top five for volume of job openings on Dice.com. The Washington metro area's economy has outperformed much of the nation, thanks to the stabilizing force of government—particularly a new, popular, and active government.