Special Report

Cities With the Fastest Growing High-Tech Sectors

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20. Boulder, CO
> High-tech industry growth, 2015-2020: +19.9% (+7,311 jobs)
> Avg. annual high-tech pay: $146,158 (1.9 times more than MSA avg.)
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 63.0%
> Fastest growing high-tech industry: Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing (+81.3% growth)

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19. Madison, WI
> High-tech industry growth, 2015-2020: +20.4% (+3,842 jobs)
> Avg. annual high-tech pay: $512,047 (8.4 times more than MSA avg.)
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 47.1%
> Fastest growing high-tech industry: Basic chemical manufacturing (+61.3% growth)

18. California-Lexington Park, MD
> High-tech industry growth, 2015-2020: +20.7% (+1,754 jobs)
> Avg. annual high-tech pay: $233,720 (3.1 times more than MSA avg.)
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 32.0%
> Fastest growing high-tech industry: Architectural and engineering services (+43.6% growth)

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17. Charleston-North Charleston, SC
> High-tech industry growth, 2015-2020: +23.8% (+4,062 jobs)
> Avg. annual high-tech pay: $139,075 (2.6 times more than MSA avg.)
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 36.5%
> Fastest growing high-tech industry: Basic chemical manufacturing (+70.2% growth)

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16. Tulsa, OK
> High-tech industry growth, 2015-2020: +23.9% (+4,347 jobs)
> Avg. annual high-tech pay: $104,003 (2.0 times more than MSA avg.)
> Adults with bachelor’s degree or higher: 27.9%
> Fastest growing high-tech industry: Basic chemical manufacturing (+159.3% growth)

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