Much of the demand for tech workers in Atlanta is for non-tech companies – banks, hospitals, universities, financial companies. But the places with the highest concentration of techies and tech companies are – perhaps not coincidentally – also some of the nation’s most expensive places to live.
Atlanta's home prices have been rising faster than average incomes, making housing less affordable. But even so, it looks pretty cheap compared to Silicon Valley.
The median home price in San Jose, for example, is $902,000, according to Zillow, a national housing data company. By contrast, the median in Atlanta is $213,400.
And for some people, what matters most is how much they can buy with the money.
“That $100,000 tech job will get you more bedrooms, avocado toasts, and climbing-gym memberships in central Texas than in coastal California,” Kolko said.
According to Indeed, the companies hiring the most tech workers in Atlanta include Capgemini, Home Depot, Georgia Tech, SunTrust and Equifax.
Average metro salaries adjusted for cost of living
1. Charlotte $108,178
2. ATLANTA $104,454
3. Austin $103,914
4. San Francisco $102,730
5. Seattle $102,730
6. San Jose $102,286
7. Dallas $101,649
8. Raleigh $100,748
9. Detroit $100,713
10. Phoenix $99,910