Tech Workers Leave San Francisco and NY Many Head to Austin and Nashville


In the midst of the techno-pandemic, many tech workers are fleeing San Francisco and New York for more affordable cities. Silicon Valley is becoming a remote workers paradise.

Austin, Texas, saw the largest migration of tech workers during the pandemic. 217 of every 10,000 existing software and IT workers are moving to the city. 

Nashville came in second with 154.7  techies per 10,000 moving there.  Charlotte, NC,  Jacksonville, FL., and Denver, CO are also popular relocation centers. Other cities in the top 10 include Seattle, Tampa Bay, Las Vegas, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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The brunt of the tech migration has been borne by San Francisco, which lost 80.5 tech workers per 10,000. Boston lost 54.4 and New York City lost 42.3. Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC, also lost substantial numbers of tech workers.

Transplanted techies may be putting down permanent roots in their new homes. But there is still some uncertainty depending on what happens in the companies they work for.  Tech giants Microsoft and Twitter assure many of their employees they can continue to work from home. But Apple is spending billions to expand satellite offices in smaller cities like Austin and Raleigh, NC. 

Miami tries to attract tech workers

Miami remains a popular relocation place for Wall Street workers that can work remotely. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has tried to court tech CEOs like Elon Musk. He wants to make Miami “tech-friendly” by paying city workers’ salaries in bitcoin. And he is also lobbying to allow the city to invest public money in cryptocurrencies.