The Midwest has caught fire as a mecca for tech startups. With a low cost of living and 25% of the nation’s computer science grads, the region is experiencing strong growth and a robust employment market for tech workers. In three of the region’s cities, tech hiring is up more than 100% over three years.
Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis lead the way, with about 800,000 overall tech jobs, but Kansas City, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee are all hot on their heels. In Chicago, Detroit, and Indianapolis, there are always about 31,000 tech jobs open at any given time. Other hot cities include Des Moines and Omaha, which has had a 137% increase in new job postings in one year.