Official US Tech cities tier list

Amazon / Eng xGVQ23
Aug 24 82 Comments

top tier:
SF/bay, SEA
high tier:
NYC, Austin
getting high tier:
Denver
mid tier:
Chicago, Boston, Portland
low tier:
LA, Atlanta, San Diego, Detroit
shit tier:
Philly, Columbus, DC

look into your heart, you know it to be true.

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  • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
    LOL @ Seattle above NYC
    Aug 24 16
    • Amazon / Eng KTUv41
      No, Seattle > NYC for tech
      Aug 24
    • @Facebook my point wasnt meant to be a valid argument for "fashion makes money", it was more of a contrarian statement since someone earlier was hung up about the two richest people in the world being in tech, which doesn't exactly mean jackshit in this conversation either.

      that being said, fashion is becoming a pretty big market with how popular luxury brands, sneakers, and streetwear are due to social media. There's quite a few fashion ecommerce startups that have raised a tens/hundreds of millions in funding which isn't crazy but still pretty good.
      Aug 24
    • Spotify / Eng qbeforeu
      “giant roaches all over the ground downtown”

      is this comment from the 1980s?
      Aug 24
    • Microsoft
      Tier 1

      Microsoft

      BIO
      #1 in Prestige
      Tier 1more
      No. 2019
      Aug 24
    • Zillow Group disorder
      Not Seattle not NYC, Albertsons headquarters are in Boise Idaho
      Aug 24
  • Tableau krxi15
    I don’t think SF belongs with Seattle, it’s a tier above.
    Aug 24 10
    • Facebook and Google pay the same at any location.
      Aug 24
    • Google / Mgmt Bingpot
      They do not. I know, I have direct reports in both, and I've seen the comp guidance sheets. We pay based on local market rates.
      Aug 24
    • Microsoft
      Tier 1

      Microsoft

      BIO
      #1 in Prestige
      Tier 1more
      Is that new?
      Aug 24
    • Google / Mgmt Bingpot
      No. Has been that way for several years.
      Aug 24
    • Tableau krxi15
      What part of floor and ceiling do you guys not understand?

      Let me try it other way, its also called lower bound and upper bound. Seattle and Bay might be comparable in the lower bound but Bay has a much higher upper bound than Seattle.
      Aug 24
  • Microsoft manoi
    Where's Hyderabad
    Aug 24 3
  • Google m6r4
    1. Bay Area
    2. NYC, Seattle
    3. Boston, Austin, LA
    4. Denver, San Diego, Chicago, Dallas, Portland, Atlanta
    Aug 24 4
    • Credit Karma
      SrfrBoi69

      Credit Karma

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      Google
      SrfrBoi69more
      This is a more accurate list. At this point, in order to differentiate LA and Seattle, I think it makes sense to go a step farther:

      1. SF
      2. Seattle
      3. NYC
      4. LA
      ...
      Aug 24
    • Akamai Technologies hpBF22
      I think this is accurate.

      Boston, IMO, is the most likely to rise in tier. I think it has better fundamentals than Seattle. Concentration of universities in greater Boston is unmatched in the world perhaps. Boston also used to be relatively speaking much higher tier in the minicomputer age of the 70s and 80s.
      Aug 24
    • Bloomberg 1048482919
      This is the best list. Add DC somewhere...either with Boston or Denver/Chicago
      Aug 24
    • Google m6r4
      I should have put the research triangle and DC in tier 4.
      Aug 24
  • Microsoft
    Tier 1

    Microsoft

    BIO
    #1 in Prestige
    Tier 1more
    LA should be high tier.

    Portland is low tier.

    How is Detroit even on this list?

    What about Boise?
    Aug 24 15
    • SAP PXkM70
      Miami = ass everywhere
      Aug 24
    • Magic Leap leap🦘
      Miami belongs with Atlanta and Detroit
      Aug 24
    • Rigetti Computing
      osmium

      Rigetti Computing

      PRE
      Intel Corporation
      osmiummore
      Portland is definitely low tier, not much out there besides Intel (also low tier).
      Aug 24
    • New / Eng YxjH62
      Agreed, Portland wants to be a tech city badly, but it's not.
      Aug 25
    • Ultimate Software / Eng W-2
      I'm in Miami. Miami does not belong on the list. If it ends up on the list it should be the last entry in shit tier.
      Aug 25
  • Credit Karma
    SrfrBoi69

    Credit Karma

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    Google
    SrfrBoi69more
    LA is mid or high tier, with the number of multi-billion dollar tech company HQs there and major FANG satellite offices.
    Aug 24 4
    • Spotify / Eng qbeforeu
      what tech company HQs are in LA?
      Aug 24
    • Snap is the only one I can think of
      Aug 24
    • Hulu EEEq41
      Hulu :)
      Aug 24
    • Ellie Mae fofevo
      Trade desk, tinder
      Aug 24
  • Workday / Product tdf
    Denver is in “getting high” tier ? 😂
    Aug 24 1
    • Microsoft tincans
      Ikr 😂 first to reach that tier
      Aug 24
  • SAP PXkM70
    Pretty interesting how the top tier ones are actually shit tier when it comes to having a social life
    Aug 24 0
  • Equifax / IT laRk76
    Atlanta getting a lot better. Should be middle too. And boston is definitely high/top teir
    Aug 24 0
  • New / Eng
    wEMi222

    New Eng

    PRE
    Albertsons
    wEMi222more
    For those of you trying to sneak in Dallas, their tech scene is not like the rest. Mostly corporate, hr/recruiting, data centers.

    Just because you see a Google or Microsoft building, doesn't mean tech is happening there.

    The Carolinas and Virginia have a much better tech scene then Dallas, and even better than some claimed in the low/mid tiers
    Aug 24 0
  • Akamai Technologies hpBF22
    I’d put Boston over Denver and Austin.boston way better than Chicago and Portland for tech.

    Boston is actually pretty comparable to nyc for tech.
    Aug 24 0
  • Meetup qks
    You’re putting NYC and Austin in the same bucket? No way.
    Aug 24 0
  • Zillow Group disorder
    Alaska iced tier
    Aug 24 0
  • T-Mobile / Design 9e72p1nq
    1. Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose)

    2. NYC, Seattle

    3. Boston, Austin, LA

    4. Denver, San Diego, Chicago, Dallas Ft. Worth, Portland, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Raleigh RTP, Kansas City, Las Vegas, DC/DMV/NOVA,

    5. Miami, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Madison, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Charlotte, Houston, Columbus, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Nashville,

    6. El Paso, Boise, Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Oklahoma, Jacksonville, Memphis, Charleston, Louisville, Omaha, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Honolulu, Detroit, Phoenix, New Orleans, San Antonio,
    Aug 24 5
    • New / Eng
      wEMi222

      New Eng

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      Albertsons
      wEMi222more
      As much as I shy away from giving Austin too much credit, I actually have to say Austin is a step above Boston and even more so than LA.

      Maybe Austin should get a 2.5? 😜
      Aug 24
    • Google m6r4
      Eh, I don't think so. Boston definitely has a bigger scene in general. Austin is better per-capita. I put them at the same tier but if anything I would probably have to put Boston higher of the two. Austin is a much smaller city than the others listed here.
      Aug 25
    • Expedia Group / Product produxtBrah
      agreed but realistically push Pittsburgh up and ignore everything after 4
      Aug 26
    • Boeing scBo60
      There's no tech in El Paso... Shouldn't even make your list.
      4d
    • T-Mobile / Finance tk3m6w
      Tier 6
      4d
  • Expedia Group / Product produxtBrah
    Pittsburgh...
    Aug 24 1
    • Meetup qks
      Very true, Pittsburgh is at least Portland tier
      Aug 24
  • T-Mobile / Design 9e72p1nq
    RTP / Raleigh NC? Dallas/Ft Worth TX?
    Aug 24 1
    • Meetup qks
      What companies are there?
      Aug 24
  • HERE / Eng non47
    Denver deserves a place in mid or low tier.
    Aug 24 1
    • Amazon / Eng xGVQ23
      OP
      Good point forgot that one
      Aug 24
  • Akamai Technologies hpBF22
    I would add a garbage tier category. Maybe just above the fecal matter tier.
    Aug 24 0
  • Yelp / Eng sJJv80
    Wtf is this ranking even based on? All I’m interested in is how much money ends up in my pocket after basic expenses, plus how easy it is to find a new job. I find it hard to believe SF ranks highly on those measures.
    Aug 25 0
  • Domo / Eng h0n3s7
    Hmmm... No mention of Silicone Slopes?
    Aug 24 1
    • New / Eng
      wEMi222

      New Eng

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      Albertsons
      wEMi222more
      There needs to be the silicon isles. Hawaii maybe?
      Aug 24