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The Top U.S. Cities for Startup Company Growth

Startup companies are the real job engines of the U.S. economy, producing many, (perhaps most…

  • February 10, 2018

Startup companies are the real job engines of the U.S. economy, producing many, (perhaps most of) the net new jobs each year, according to economists. Startups happen across industries, and across the country. But where are they growing the fastest?

Some new research from staffing firm Robert Half Technology sheds some light on the issue as it relates to tech startups. According to Half, startup “hub” is no longer a label for a select few cities in the United States.

When looking to launch their companies, entrepreneurs are expanding their search for cities with access to skilled technology talent and an attractive quality of life.

According to survey data from Robert Half Technology, more than half (56 percent) of U.S. Chief Information Officers say they’ve seen more startups moving to their city over the past year.

Top 10 Cities for Startup Growth 

The top U.S. cities where CIOs say they’ve seen new startups popping up over the past year:

  1. New York
  2. Charlotte
  3. San Francisco
  4. Atlanta
  5. Washington, D.C.
  6. San Diego
  7. Seattle
  8. Cleveland
  9. Detroit
  10. Phoenix

The impact of startup growth to a city is palpable, and the ability to attract new talent is a leading asset, Half said.

“Startup growth and expanding opportunities for technology professionals go hand-in-hand, and it’s encouraging to see it happening in many areas across the country,” said Jeff Weber, executive director for Robert Half Technology.

“Entrepreneurs want to be where there is access to talent, but they must also have strong infrastructure support, network partners and backing from the community. Similarly, tech workers want to be where the most innovative organizations are, but they also seek cities that are highly livable and have much to offer outside the office,” Weber added.

Tech startups are exciting, but there are many other categories of businesses that cities should look to attract, and to nurture. What we’ve seen across the country is that the cities that do the best job of creating the conditions for startups to launch and grow have really prospered.

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