Wayne County Ranks In The Top 10 In Nation For Tech Jobs And Rent Affordability

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A new report puts Wayne County right up there with the well-known regions for technology jobs like San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Austin.

According a study by Abodo, Wayne County ranks 10th in the nation for technology jobs and rent affordability. They did an analysis of 76 metropolitan areas and divisions for computer and math job density, median salary in those positions, and median one bedroom rent price.

Technology workers can earn as much as 12 times their rent in the Detroit–Dearborn–Livonia Metropolitan Division (that’s the fancy census term for Wayne County, so we’ve short-handed it as Wayne County for clarity). That are includes cities like Livonia, Canton, Westland, Detroit, Dearborn, Wyandotte and Taylor among others.

Map of the Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia Metropolitan Division via the U.S. Census.

“Reports have shown that spending on hardware, software and tech services will grow by more than 5 percent in the upcoming year, which equals more than $1 trillion in spending,” said Sam Radbill from Abodo. “The demand for automation, tech products and tech services is beyond what anyone could have predicted. The growth in spending on tech support for business is creating a huge amount of jobs in tech, and good paying jobs as well.”

These tech jobs are also among the most desired. A recent Glassdoor study showed that 10 of the top 25 most desired jobs were in the tech space. Why? Earning potential, career opportunities and work / life balance were cited as some of the main factors making tech jobs in high demand.

What were the other regions top on their list?

Columbus, Ohio rolled in at number 9; then Raleigh, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; Durham-Chapel Hill, NC; Austin-Round Rock, TX; San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA; Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV; Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA; and topping the list, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA.

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