Tops for Tech

Big-time job growth propels Dallas to the top of this list

Big-time job growth propels Dallas to the top of this list

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Dallas-Fort Worth is tops for tech. Common Desk/Facebook

There's no denying Dallas-Fort Worth is cementing its status as a tech leader. Our latest accolade? A top spot on the 2016 Tech Talent Scorecard from CBRE Group, Inc.

The global real estate firm analyzed 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada to determine their ability to nurture local tech industries. Based on 13 factors — ranging from job opportunities and education to population and housing costs — DFW takes the No. 6 spot. 

A key component is our unstoppable job growth. From 2010-15, the number of tech jobs in the area grew 38 percent, outpacing job growth in non-tech occupations (24 percent). 

And those jobs are paying the big bucks. The average wage for a local tech employee is $90,385. With about $14,508 going to rent each year, those in the tech field are spending only 16 percent of their income on rent.

There's one glaring disparity in our tech industry: a lack of gender diversity. According to CBRE, only 23 percent of tech employees in Dallas-Fort Worth are female. The situation is the same in Austin. 

The four leading tech hubs in the U.S. are San Francisco (No. 1), Washington (No. 2), Seattle (No. 3), and New York (No. 4). Austin proves its tech prowess, coming in at No. 5.