6 Smallest U.S. Cities with the Most IT Jobs
You don't need to be immersed in the IT industry to know that tech hubs like San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York City are going to offer the most job opportunities. However, they aren't the only locations with definite prospects of work in IT.
Here are six smaller cities outside established metropolises that provide an abundance of careers in IT. These cities have populations fewer than 50,000 people and a tech ratio around or above 1.5. This ratio measures the proportion of tech jobs compared to other types of jobs, normalized for the population.
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1. Beavercreek, Ohio
Beavercreek, Ohio, is the second-largest suburb of Dayton with a population of 46,498 people. Reynolds and Reynolds was founded in Dayton, and its headquarters is less than three miles from Beavercreek. The automotive technology company provides the most IT job opportunities across the suburb.
In addition to Reynold and Reynolds, other technology companies offer a surplus of IT jobs. Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI) provides engineering services to defense, flight test operations, and government sectors. TekSynap similarly works with federal, state and local governments' information management technology. Applied Research Solutions supplies the Department of Defense and intelligence community with professionals to solve their most difficult problems.
2. Covington, Kentucky
Separated by the Ohio River, Covington, Kentucky, is just south of Cincinnati. It has a population of 40,455 people. There are several large companies in the surrounding areas providing plentiful IT opportunities, including Amazon, Fidelity, Nielsen, and Veritude.
Amazon recently broke ground on a new headquarters at the Cincinnati Airport, which will reportedly create 2,000 new jobs and is about a 15-minute drive from Covington.
Currently, Accenture, a Fortune Global 500 company that offers services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations, is the leading IT job provider in Covington. Deloitte, one of the "Big Four" accounting organizations, also has headquarters in Cincinnati — and therefore provides career opportunities just on the other side of the Ohio River.
Of the available IT certifications, CISSP is most popular in Covington.
3. Lexington Park, Maryland
Lexington Park is roughly one hour, 30 minutes southeast of Washington D.C. along the Patuxent River. As of 2018, it has a population of 12,678 people and a tech ratio of 1.629.
The most popular certification requirements for jobs in Lexington Park tend to be the Cisco CCNA and various CompTIA certifications, which are among most IT pros' first certifications.
Accordingly, many of the IT job postings on Indeed in Lexington Park are labeled as junior- or associate-level positions.
Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and information technology consulting firm, has locations in 28 states and headquarters in Washington D.C. One of the 24 Maryland locations is in Lexington Park — and is the top IT job provider in the city.
4. Lexington, Massachusetts
Adjacent to the Hanscom Air Force Base, Lexington is about a 30-minute drive from Boston. Combined with the air force base, Lexington has a population of 35,790 and a tech ratio just short of 4.0.
The MIT Lincoln Lab is a research and development center funded by the Department of Defense that supplies advanced technology to matters of national security. It is responsible for most IT job opportunities in Lexington. Cybersecurity certifications like Cisco CCNA and (ISC)2 CISSP are most popular in this area as a result.
Another major IT job provider is Odyssey Systems Consulting Group Ltd. The company offers management, analytical, and technical support to the government, and is based out of six air force bases, including Hanscom.
5. Manitou Springs, Colorado
Manitou Springs is located just west of Colorado Springs and has a population of 5,322 people. It is a 15-minute drive from Colorado Technical University, which offers one associate degree in IT, 11 bachelor's degrees in IT and five master's degrees in IT (not including the online school). The specializations of these degrees include cybersecurity, network and data management, and web development.
The primary IT job provider in Manitou Springs is Akima LLC, another tech company that works with the government. Another top company in the area is Aerodyne Industries, which operates in the field of aerospace engineering.
6. (South) Bound Brook, New Jersey
Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, about 40 miles west of New York City, have a combined population of 15,125 people and a tech ratio of 3.707.
Verizon has corporate offices in 12 different United States cities, including two roughly 20 minutes north of Bound Brook and South Bound Brook. Not surprisingly, Verizon is the top IT job supplier in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook.
Merck & Co, Inc., one of the largest pharmaceutical firms in the world, is also based in New Jersey and provides nearly as many local IT opportunities as Verizon. In both Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, the CISSP is the most popular certification.