Boston (MA), a top-ranked startup city for many years, is number six. Major industries here are technology and healthcare. Quality of life kudos in Bean Town are primarily for its diverse culinary scene and its oodles of top-ranked schools such as MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, Wheaton, and Wellesley. Boston ranks Number 7 on CBRE’s list of top tech talent markets, though employers are hampered by a 4 percent reduction in the labor pool over the last five years (nearly 5,000 fewer workers.)
Both Raleigh (NC) and Wichita (KS) have a 3.81 rating. The largest city in the famed Research Triangle region, Raleigh has grown its tech talent by 20 percent over the last five years. Government, education and healthcare jobs and talent abound as well, driven by area universities such as North Carolina State (with its massive engineering school,) Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.
In Wichita, the Kansas state capital, aerospace is king. The castle, however, is a bit careworn, with no recent job growth from top employers Spirit Aerosystems, Tektron Aviation, and McConnell Air Force Base. Still, 80 percent of Spirit employees recommend it, with highest marks for compensation, workplace safety, and work environment.
At 3.77, Minneapolis (MN) comes in number ten. IT employers might well be intrigued by its five-year 22-percent increase in the millennial population and a tech talent growth of 11 percent during that same period. At well over 55,000 employees, the state is the major employer in this capital city (With a 3.9 rating, 89 percent of reviewing employees recommend it.) Another 35,000 federal employees live and work in Minneapolis. Major healthcare employers Mayo Clinic, Allina Health and Fairview Health Services employ well over 60,000. While the Minneapolis / St. Paul Twin Cities region boasts one of the lowest costs of living in the top 25 U.S. cities, its major drawback may well be its frosty weather.