10 Best Places in the World for Tech Workers to Live
This ranking considers factors like mobile and broadband speed, quality of life and property affordability, as well as tech salaries, and you'll probably be surprised by which city was number one.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, ranked 10th on the list with an overall indexed score of 6.82. It earned kudos for its cybersecurity commitment (9.9), gender pay gap in tech (9.9), property affordability (9.53) and ICT development (8.3). It was 18th overall on the list of cities with the highest tech pay. However, it did less well in regards to electric car charging points (0.82), quality of life (3.94) and mobile speeds (4.41). Of course, another big drawback for Minneapolis is the weather — the average high is only in the 20s in the winter.
With an estimated population of more than 400,000 people and about 3.6 million in the greater Twin Cities area, Minneapolis is the 16th largest metro area in the United States. The median resident age is 32.0 years, and the median household income is $56,255. Major employers in the area include the University of Minnesota, 3M, Target, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Thomson Reuters, Ameriprise Financial, and Best Buy.
Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio
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