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June 26, 2008

Richard Florida


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This new report from the AeA, ranks high-tech metros. Some key findings:

  • The leading metro areas by high-tech employment in 2006 were the New York Metro Area (316,500), Washington, DC (295,800), San Jose/Silicon Valley (225,300), Boston (191,700), and Dallas-Fort Worth (176,000).
  • Seattle led  the nation in net tech job creation in 2006, adding 7,800 jobs. The next largest net gains in tech employment between 2005 and 2006 occurred in the New York Metro Area and Washington, DC, adding 6,400 and 6,100.
  • On a percentage basis, Riverside-San Bernardino saw the fastest job growth in 2006 at 12 percent.
  • San Jose/Silicon Valley leads the nation in concentration of high-tech workers in 2006, with 286 high-tech workers per 1,000 private sector workers.

Hmmm ... that puts the Bos-Wash mega-region at roughly four times the number of high-tech jobs of Silicon Valley, overall.  Before anyone gets into it, I'm talking quantity here, not quality.


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hayden fisher

...sounds like more fodder for the East Coast / West Coast verbal jousting. Don't forget that the Bos-Wash mega region also includes a nice little tail that drops into central Virginia and Raleigh - Durham to the south. We're seeing a lot of positive growth here in Richmond as the next closest city south of DC (90 miles) but with affordable urban real estate, limited traffic issues, a new airport and a generally very livable city that has become much more tolerant and open to new ideas and creativity generally over the last 5 years. And if we go just a little further south, and add an hour to the flight, Bos-Wash picks up Charlotte, Atlanta and Nashville as well. And, to the north, Portland, Maine. And, if we're talking flight times, you could add Pittsburgh, Chicago, Memphis and the Ohio cities too; and many small points in between. Really then, that mega-region could be compared with western Europe, that would be an interesting project.

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