Where Are America’s Next Tech Hubs? [Charts]

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Over the past couple of decades, the San Francisco Bay Area has been the tech mecca of the country. It’s the shiny, silicon haven where the nerds are the cool kids and where artisanal coffee is a main food group; where there are more startups than gyms and everyone seems to be looking far into the future.

But this flood of entrepreneurial hopefuls has brought with it a surge of sky-high housing costs and a lack of space. Those looking to start a company are already using all of their resources to make sure their venture is a success. But how can they take such a risk if they’re paying upwards of $4,000 a month for a two-bedroom apartment?

As it turns out, there are other areas of the country—including some in California—where more tech companies and venture capital firms are popping up every year. These dark horses may be poised to become the next silicon superpowers.

America’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

To determine the next tech hot spots in the country, FindTheHome created a Tech Rating. This formula factors in total tech companies and employees per capita, as well as the area’s “tech ecosystem”—the variety of those employees and companies.

For example, a county with a broad range (an “ecosystem”) of tech industries—from computer programming services to venture capital firms to application development—received a higher score than counties with companies from just one or two tech industries. The data is provided by Dun & Bradstreet and FindTheCompany .

The counties with the highest Tech Ratings are San Francisco County (96.4) and Santa Clara County (96.4) , which is no surprise. Two other counties in Silicon Valley made the list as well, but we decided not to include those in Northern California as to highlight the “techie” counties across the country that are coming out of the woodwork.

Williamson County, TN

Tennesse’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Georgetown

Industry Density Score: 10.1
Tech Employees Per Capita: 84.9
Tech Ecosystem Score: 85

Williamson County has a Tech Rating of 87.6 .

Washtenaw County, MI

Michigan’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Ann Arbor

Industry Density Score: 11.2
Tech Employees Per Capita: 83.5
Tech Ecosystem Score: 84.9

Washtenaw County has a Tech Rating of 87.7 .

Denver County, CO

Colorado’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Denver

Industry Density Score: 11.3
Tech Employees Per Capita: 82.8
Tech Ecosystem Score: 85.5

Denver County has a Tech Rating of 87.7 .

Forsyth County, GA

Georgia’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Cumming

Industry Density Score: 12.5
Tech Employees Per Capita: 81.5
Tech Ecosystem Score: 85.2

Forsyth County has a Tech Rating of 87.7 .

Wake County, NC

North Carolina’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Raleigh

Industry Density Score: 11.4
Tech Employees Per Capita: 83.2
Tech Ecosystem Score: 85.2

Wake County has a Tech Rating of 87.8 .

Hillsborough County, NH

North Carolina’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Manchester

Industry Density Score: 11.8
Tech Employees Per Capita: 82.6
Tech Ecosystem Score: 85.3

Hillsborough County has a Tech Rating of 87.8 .

Middlesex County, NJ

New Jersey’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: New Brunswick

Industry Density Score: 12
Tech Employees Per Capita: 84.8
Tech Ecosystem Score: 84.6

Middlesex County has a Tech Rating of 88.1 .

Suffolk County, MA

Massachusetts’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Boston

Industry Density Score: 9.2
Tech Employees Per Capita: 88.6
Tech Ecosystem Score: 85.8

Suffolk County has a Tech Rating of 88.2 .

Collin County, TX

Texas’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: McKinney

Industry Density Score: 12.8
Tech Employees Per Capita: 83.2
Tech Ecosystem Score: 85.6

Collin County has a Tech Rating of 88.3 .

Somerset County, NJ

New Jersey’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Somerville

Industry Density Score: 12.7
Tech Employees Per Capita: 85
Tech Ecosystem Score: 85.7

Somerset County has a Tech Rating of 88.6 .

Douglas County, CO

Colorado’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Castle Rock

Industry Density Score: 14.3
Tech Employees Per Capita: 82.2
Tech Ecosystem Score: 86.5

Douglas County has a Tech Rating of 88.7 .

Montgomery County, MD

Maryland’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Rockville

Industry Density Score: 14.9
Tech Employees Per Capita: 85.6
Tech Ecosystem Score: 85.7

Montgomery County has a Tech Rating of 89.4 .

Travis County, TX

Texas’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Austin

Industry Density Score: 15.2
Tech Employees Per Capita: 85.7
Tech Ecosystem Score: 87.5

Travis County has a Tech Rating of 89.9 .

King County, WA

Washington’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Seattle

Industry Density Score: 15.7
Tech Employees Per Capita: 90.1
Tech Ecosystem Score: 87.8

King County has a Tech Rating of 91 .

Middlesex County, MA

Massachusetts’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable Cities: Lowell, Cambridge

Industry Density Score: 17
Tech Employees Per Capita: 89.8
Tech Ecosystem Score: 89.2

Middlesex County has a Tech Rating of 91.6 .

Howard County, MD

Maryland’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Ellicott City

Industry Density Score: 20.
Tech Employees Per Capita: 86.6
Tech Ecosystem Score: 88.3

Howard County has a Tech Rating of 91.7 .

Arlington County, VA

Virginia’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Arlington

Industry Density Score: 22.1
Tech Employees Per Capita: 85.6
Tech Ecosystem Score: 89.6

Arlington County has a Tech Rating of 92.4 .

Fulton County, GA

Georgia’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Atlanta

Industry Density Score: 15.9
Tech Employees Per Capita: 97.6
Tech Ecosystem Score: 87.7

Fulton County has a Tech Rating of 92.5 .

New York County, NY

New York’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: New York City

Industry Density Score: 18.7
Tech Employees Per Capita: 90.3
Tech Ecosystem Score: 92.2

New York County has a Tech Rating of 92.8 .

Boulder County, CO

Colorado’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Boulder

Industry Density Score: 23.4
Tech Employees Per Capita: 84.3
Tech Ecosystem Score: 93.3

Boulder County has a Tech Rating of 93.3 .

Loudoun County, VA

Virginia’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Leesburg

Industry Density Score: 27
Tech Employees Per Capita: 85.8
Tech Ecosystem Score: 90.4

Loudoun County has a Tech Rating of 94.2 .

Fairfax County, VA

Virginia’s Tech Hubs | FindTheHome

Notable City: Fairfax

Industry Density Score: 27.6
Tech Employees Per Capita: 91.3
Tech Ecosystem Score: 91.7

Fairfax County has a Tech Rating of 95.7 .

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