TechAmerica Foundation : Cybercities 2010 – Executive Summary

Cybercities 2010 – Executive Summary

TechAmerica Foundation is proud to present Cybercities 2010: The Definitive Analysis of the High-Technology Industry in the Nation’s Top 60 Cities. This report examines the high-tech industry in the largest metropolitan areas focusing on high-tech employment, wages, establishments, payroll, employment concentration, and wage differential. The report also delves into the 16 sectors that comprise TechAmerica Foundation’s definition of the high-tech industry for these 60 cities.

Cybercities 2010 is a sister publication to TechAmerica Foundation’s annual Cyberstates report, which for 13 straight years has examined these high-tech industry factors across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Cybercities complements our annual Cyberstates report in two ways. First, many states — most notably California, Florida, Texas, and Ohio — have multiple high-tech clusters. Looking at the total number of high-tech jobs in California is informative, but it does not show where within the state those jobs are located.

Second, a number of metropolitan areas cross multiple states. New York, the nation’s largest cybercity, extends across counties in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Washington, DC, the nation’s second largest cybercity, extends across the District of Columbia, as well as counties in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. While Cyberstates shows Virginia to be the nation’s fifth largest cyberstate, Cybercities shows that much of this is attributable to high-tech jobs located in the suburbs around the nation’s capital.

Following New York and Washington, DC, the next largest cybercities by high-tech employment are San Jose/Silicon Valley, Boston, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Fifty-three of the top 60 cybercities saw net job loss in 2009. Oklahoma City added the most jobs at just over 900, followed by Huntsville, which added just under 900, and San Diego, which added nearly 500. On a percentage basis, Oklahoma City saw the fastest job growth in 2009 at 5.4 percent.

San Jose/Silicon Valley continued to lead the nation with the highest concentration of tech workers, with nearly 30 percent of all private sector workers employed in the tech industry. Huntsville and Boulder had the next highest concentrations of private sector tech industry workers.

The high-tech industry employs highly educated workers and pays them well, with 57 of the 60 cybercities having average tech industry wages that are 50 percent higher than the average private sector wage. Three of those cybercities – Colorado Springs, Austin, and San Diego – have average tech wages that are more than double those of the private sector.

We hope you find this report useful in understanding the importance of the high-tech industry in metropolitan areas across the country.

Phillip J. Bond Matthew F. Kazmierczak

Phillip J. Bond
TechAmerica Foundation

Matthew F. Kazmierczak
Senior Vice President
TechAmerica Foundation

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