Best cities to move to for tech that aren’t in California?

IBM / Design G҉̨́̕O̶͟͡D
Oct 11, 2018 47 Comments

Currently living in Dallas and while I love it here, my girl and I are looking for a change of pace. I’m 25, She’s 24. She’ll be graduating soon with a double BS in Electrical/Computer engineering and she’s looking to work in hardware, I’ll be looking for design jobs. I don’t think either of us would reeeaaally mind living in CA but it seems like the tech scene is the only really compelling reason to go. Some other cities we’ve been considering are Denver, Seattle, Portland, and Austin, all of which have their ups and downs. I’d personally really enjoy NYC but I don’t think she would. Any recommendations?

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  • New
    Seattle is fantastic. Other options for tech are Atlanta, Raleigh Durham in NC, and Boston. Out of those 3, RD is very nice and housing is immensely affordable. Boston is great, and Atlanta is ok. Haven’t been to Portland, but I’ve heard great things.

    Setup interviews at companies in the areas that interest y’all, and go check them out on the company’s dime.
    Oct 11, 2018 3
    • Amazon / Eng Okgfccy
      Boston housing sucks ass though. Don’t move if you want to buy a house relatively soon.
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
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      How about the Seattle Freeze and ranking top for depression?
      Oct 11, 2018
    • New
      I’ve personally never experienced the freeze or depression, but op’s mileage may vary and should be aware of both if considering Seattle.
      Oct 11, 2018
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    • Bank of The West / Consultant
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      California isn’t just tech, I’ve worked in tech and have moved on to do what I enjoy more. Housing is a concern for many but if you have 2 people working (at your age it’s a plus) then you can still make it. As all other places this state has its own good and not so good. I love the state genuinely and not speaking just due to my residence but have been in this state for a long time to say that not considering this isn’t a good decision. Obviously you should go live where you feel best and where your heart finds peace.
      Oct 11, 2018
    • IBM / Design G҉̨́̕O̶͟͡D
      OP
      You’ve definitely opened my mind up more to CA, and I‘m not trying to completely dismiss it, though I understand how I‘ve come off that way, poor choice of words and all. It seems like a great place to live and I’m sure we’d be happy living there. But the main point of this post to try and find options outside of CA because, again, that seems to be the default recommendation on here, I’m just looking for other options. I really do appreciate your input and I’ll look into California more to see if I can find a place for us there.
      Oct 11, 2018
    • TI / Product IOlOl0
      Moved from Dallas to Bay Area 10/10 would do again. Increase in salary more than makes up for housing costs, especially if you’re renting
      Oct 11, 2018
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      Agree with username, I’ve heard bad things about Texas but two friends moved there and now I get very different information about the state (Dallas and Houston) and I’d recommend both cities equally.
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Facebook Itsamario
      Just go to California for a bit.

      I did it and have no regrets. Blind has some major anti-Bay area histeria for some reason.
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Microsoft MxsWci156
    Anything is better than Dallas, you have nothing to worry
    Oct 11, 2018 1
    • IBM / Design G҉̨́̕O̶͟͡D
      OP
      I think it’s an underrated city, but definitely better options out there.
      Oct 11, 2018
  • New aLuu55
    I love the Bay Area but the cost of housing is unbelievable. NIMBY’s are destroying the place. And traffic sucks.

    But even with those problems I wouldn’t leave. The weather is just fantastic. It rarely storms. Tons of smart successful people.
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    • Microsoft MxsWci156
      And OP since you don’t have a job yet... SFO is all about TC, FAANG or GTFO
      Oct 11, 2018
    • New aLuu55
      Lol. Just got a job at FB. TC 220
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
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      Did you see Mark?
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      @MxsWci156 that's because in SF, most cars are parked on the street. In Manhattan, car ownership rates are much lower and most cars are parked in garages
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Microsoft MxsWci156
    If you think Dallas is good then you prolly won’t mind Charlotte, Atlanta, Columbus or DC area
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MxsWci156
    Chicago
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MxsWci156
    Consider any other city only if you are willing to give up that 20 BED 30BATH mansion that costs $50per month.
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft oOBm16
    The type of life you’d have in NYC are so different than the other cities. Denver / Portland / Seattle are essentially the same city and much different than NYC. You should bother figure out what type of experience you’re looking for.
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    • Microsoft MxsWci156
      Pick a coast first... Denver, Portland Seattle offer cali type life with relatively more affordability and ability to live in downtown
      Chicago, DC and Boston will offer nyc type vibe with more affordability
      Oct 11, 2018
    • IBM / Design G҉̨́̕O̶͟͡D
      OP
      I get that, but I’m not necessarily looking for a super specific lifestyle. I mean at some point we’re even looking at moving out of the country. I’m just wondering what cities people in tech enjoy beyond the default answer of California. Chicago, DC, and Boston all seem like cool choices. I’ll look into them.
      Oct 11, 2018
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    • Microsoft MxsWci156
      If there are chances you will break up then pick NYC... you’ll have a good life 🍻
      Oct 11, 2018
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  • Apple magikarp16
    Lots of hardware companies in Austin
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Product @zzz
    Dude you live in Dallas and in 20s.every other city is like the best city in the world.
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon MataChuan
    vote for Chicago. The house price is still lower than most large cities in US
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Eventbrite / Eng \_(ツ)_/¯
    Have you considered Boston?
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
    SF >= NYC > Seattle > Portland, but those are the only major US cities I've lived in, having visited Chicago. (I'd rank Chicago below Seattle but above Portland.)

    The awesomeness of a US location is more or less indicated by its home prices. Home prices and rents are an excellent proxy for "demand to live here, relative to supply."

    The weather in CA is amazing. That alone makes me want to settle permanently in the Bay Area instead of NYC, once I'm ready.
    Oct 11, 2018 2
    • Vertivco / Eng
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      Why would you rate SF over LA and New York?
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      See my replies below explaining why SF is cleaner overall. My comment on why it may be a better place to live is this:

      "Basically, the Bay is a cleaner NYC with better weather, better architecture, healthier food, only smart people and more nature. If I can't buy in SF, I'll just live near Ashby BART or something."

      Granted, NYC nightlife is better, especially for straight men. Not sure about LA as I haven't spent any time there. Maybe I'd like the coastal parts (some of which have the highest home prices in the US). Although I hate driving and traffic, so I don't know if I'd like LA much.
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Charter / Eng Qzku53
    Denver’s been pretty good to my wife and I so far. Lots of tech companies relocating/expanding to Denver. Quality of life is great. Schools are great. Weather’s pretty awesome if you can deal with some snow during winter (winters are nowhere near as bad as NE US).

    Disclaimer: I’ve only lived in NY and FL, visited DC , LA and Portland.
    Oct 21, 2018 0
  • Citibank / Eng TQtT37
    Fresno
    Oct 11, 2018 0

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