Two-step aside, Austin. Dallas-Fort Worth has been deemed one of the world’s most high-tech spots. In a ranking of the world’s top 25 tech-savvy cities published by Business Insider, Dallas-Fort Worth ranks No. 11 — ahead of places like Beijing, Berlin, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. San Francisco leads the list, followed by New York and London.
Dallas-Fort Worth is the only locale in Texas that appears in the top 25; Austin, Houston, and San Antonio are nowhere in sight.
Business Insider tapped Australia-based data provider 2thinknow to compile the 2017 list. Last year, Dallas-Fort Worth ranked 28th. The website says the growth of venture capital and technology integration in DFW accounts for the surge.
The 2thinknow ranking is based on 10 factors, including the area's number of patents, startups, and high-tech venture capitalists.
Last year, commercial real estate services company CBRE put Dallas-Fort Worth at No. 10 on its list of the top U.S. markets for high-tech job growth. Close to one-third of the high-tech jobs in Texas are in DFW, according to the Dallas Regional Chamber, compared with 12 percent in Austin.
“DFW has become a major tech market to be reckoned with. Our tech workforce is twice the size of Austin’s and growing,” Jeff Eiting, vice president and co-leader of the technology and media practice in CBRE’s Dallas office, said in a 2016 release. “Tech companies will continue to be attracted to the large, well-educated labor pool that DFW offers, as well as our relatively low cost of living and cost of office space.”