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Yes, Detroit. Not only is the cost of living relatively low, but the local economy "is starting to recover, and there's a great local emphasis on STEM education," Silver says. Motown's Woodward Avenue is buzzing with tech startups, as well as bigger companies like Compuware, which moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit from Chicago in 2003 and now invests in new IT companies in the area. Twitter has a brand new Detroit office, too. Last year at this time, Silver notes, "Detroit had about 800 IT job postings on Dice on any given day. Now, it's about 1,100. The auto industry certainly needs a lot of tech talent, but it's not just about cars anymore."

Let's say that, for whatever reasons, none of those cities appeals to you. The rest of the Top 10 for total number of tech jobs, after third-ranked Silicon Valley: Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, and Philadelphia.


  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated March 20 2013 11:46 AM ET
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