12 Cities To Find An IT Job In 2012

by Modis on March 6, 2012

On the hunt for a great IT job? Narrow your search with this informative infographic. We crunched the numbers to find the top 12 cities for finding an IT job. Check out the list and see what makes these cities so great for IT professionals like you.

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12 Cities To Find An IT Job In 2012

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David Ihnen March 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Waiiit a minute. Since when was Jacksonville transplanted to the Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton/Miami metroplex?

Paco March 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Don’t agree with Walnut Creek’s ‘affordable’ housing.
Try $600k and up for an old starter home.

Tee March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Where’s AUSTIN, TX on this list?? They just landed a big “upgrade” with APPLE – adding 3600 jobs!

kstagg March 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Wow – Detroit made your Top 12 list with a 10.7% unemployment rate and which historically has relied almost exclusively on the auto industry for stability?

Are you folks sponsored by the Michigan Bureau of Tourism?

Grammer poleece March 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Denver is definitely NOT the capital of Colorado, though lots of capital is located in that there capitol city.

Donny America March 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Wait!!! What about Aberdeen, South Dakota?

They don’t call it the Silicon Shithole for nothing!

ecomware.com March 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Detroit isn’t a bad place to find an IT job. All of the major interactive agencies have a footprint in Detroit, solution providers like Compuware (HQ), IBM and EDS exist in Detroit, and plenty of big companies like Blue Cross, GE and others have giant IT departments. Unemployment is high in Michigan because a huge percentage of the population lost manufacturing jobs, but the IT-related opportunities abound. That said, several cities have been left off the list, including Seattle, which does make me suspicious about the ranking criteria.

Snidley March 21, 2012 at 2:01 am

Unreal. How can you possibly claim a city is in the top 12 when the unemployment rate is over 7%? And why Ontario?

Lets be seriousl If you want I/T, you need an area where unemployment is low or the employers will just offer you little to work there. Granted, little is better than nothing, but there are limits.

And why is McLean, VA the only city in the DC area on the list? The DC metro area has been hovering between 5 and 6% throughout this period. There are LOTS of IT in the area – as government contractors, in DoD, and in biotech. It is hard to understand why McLean is picked when you need 7 figures to buy a house there. The reason their unemployment is so low is because, if you lose your job, you can’t afford to stay.

Jon Leszczynski March 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

The map of the US missing a dot for Detroit makes more sense. Since I live and work in that metro area and have for my entire life, with over 25 years in the IT industry, I’m pretty sure I have a good handle on how well IT is hiring in this region. IT is doing better then other fields in the Detroit area but it is problematic because of how the auto industry works (via contractors and hiring/firing based on the immediate economic situation which is tenuously positive at best right now. $4/gallon gas may well put that industry back in a slump and the IT folks will be back on the street in no time.)

Pado Fonio March 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

Kansas City is missing on this misguided list…

Alan March 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

Very misguided list that is is using a small data set that doesn’t look at the bigger picture. Jacksonville? Are you kidding me? Jacksonville pays slave labor salaries and rates! Orlando? Computer medical entry is not an IT position and a 9.7% unemployment rate. Detroit? Does that come with your own security force? and Detroit is so lovely this time of year. The way the sun hits the burnt out buildings…

Tony March 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

Wow, where to begin with how bad this list is. Detroit?!? Really?!? Detroit is a dying city and unemployment is higher than the national average, not to mention the horrific crime rate. As far as Walnut Creek goes, I lived in SF for 18 years and I know Walnut Creek well. People like it there. It’s a nice place. But “very affordable housing”? Um, that’s ridiculous. It has higher average house prices than 95% of the US. Finally, how is Austin not on this list? It is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, it is the second biggest tech center after Silicon Valley, it actually does have affordable housing, and it has the lowest unemployment rate of any city on this list. Plus its a great place to live.

You guys really got this one wrong.

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Jeff March 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

So why didn’t Silicon Valley make this list? Homes aren’t “very affordable”, but more so than SF or Walnut Creek.

David March 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

@ Snidley–Good points re: the DC area & cost of living vs. unemployment rates! Also, the map shows McLean being in the Norfolk area?? Based on some of the other comments, I wonder if anyone proofed this thing or verified any of the information.

IT_Placement_officer_Denver March 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

Most hires out of Denver are required to travel at their own expense to other locations. We hire a lot out of Denver becuase JAVA programmers localy start at $15 – $20 an hour with no benefits. They are usually thrilled to travel at thier own expense and make $40 to $50 in another state. Denver is a resort city with sales tax and rentals that rival New Jersey. The Colorado State Employent office makes it very, very difficult to claim unemployment. So the 7.9% unemployment has been documented to be closer to 12% when measured like other states unemployment. For you employeers, this is great news! Denver offers cheap programmers who arre desperate to work at low prices and travel to your location.
The State also promotes the H1-B visa so a huge number of Inida workers are available to replace local IT citizen workers here in Denver. While the hourly rate may be exactly the same, the huge tax deductions for hiring H1-B make it well worth the exchange.

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