According to data aggregator ValuePenguin, the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma area is the seventh best in the country to have a career in the tech sector.
While Puget Sound has long been a hub for technology, being one of the top-10 cities in which to work in the tech field is a boon for many startups in the Eastside and Seattle.
ValuePenguin’s data looked at 190 cities under four data categories and found Puget Sound was the second in the country in the “where to work” category, citing high median wages, number of patent grants and the ratio of computer and mathematical occupations per 1,000 jobs.
The average median wage in the tech industry for the region was second in the nation at $107,730, behind only San Jose’s $125,000 average.
Additionally, the region was ranked fourth in the “where to learn” category, which looks at best STEM grad schools, percentage of degree-holders in the population and how eight graders perform on science and math testing.
The high wages and highly-educated populace were necessary to counteract the low-point of the region, namely that of the 190 cities in the data, Seattle and surrounding areas was the 168th best place to live.
This number is a result of poor commute time, extremely high median rent and median housing costs as well as cell phone speed and reliability.
Bellevue specifically was 26th in cell phone speed and 14th in the number of tech companies. The best city for tech careers, according to ValuePenguin’s data, was Boston, followed by San Jose, San Francisco, Denver, Baltimore and Minneapolis. San Diego, Dallas and Los Angeles follow after the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma area. The worst places for tech people? Tuscaloosa, Ala., Houma, La. and Huntington, W.V.