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Mapping the Biggest Tech Talent Hubs in the U.S. and Canada

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Top tech talent hubs in U.S. and Canada

Mapping the Biggest Tech Talent Hubs in the U.S. and Canada

While cities like San Francisco and New York remain centers of tech talent and innovation, many other cities are growing extremely quickly in terms of the tech labor pool.

This infographic draws from a report by CBRE to determine which tech talent markets in the U.S. and Canada are the largest. The data looks at the total workforce in the sector, as well as the change in tech worker population over time in various cities.

What is Tech Talent?

Tech talent represents a group of highly skilled workers in more than 20 technology-oriented occupations driving innovation across all industry sectors, ranging from software developers to systems and data managers.

Although these positions are concentrated within the high-tech industry, they are spread across all industry sectors.

Visualizing the Biggest Tech Talent Hubs in the U.S. and Canada

Top tech talent markets are typically characterized by a substantial level of educational attainment and a significant concentration of young individuals. Forty-five of the top 50 talent markets have an educational attainment level above national averages.

The tech sector remains one of the top employers of highly skilled workers in North America, with over seven million workers.

California’s Bay Area, which includes Silicon Valley, remains the biggest tech hub, with a talent pool of 407,810 tech workers, compared to 378,870 in 2021.

MarketTech Workforce
(2022)
Change
(2017-2022)
San Francisco Bay Area407,81023%
New York Metro371,03011%
Toronto285,70029%
Washington D.C. 265,2407%
Los Angeles/Orange County249,62017%
Dallas/Ft. Worth205,92028%
Seattle194,04029%
Montreal172,40043%
Chicago166,1402%
Boston161,47022%
Atlanta143,1506%
Denver125,80026%
Vancouver111,10069%
Phoenix109,16030%
Philadelphia108,6307%
Houston105,84012%
Detroit97,52010%
Austin96,61039%
Minneapolis/St.Paul94,6504%
Ottawa94,10040%
San Diego78,86012%
South Florida77,70024%
Baltimore76,4605%
Raleigh-Durham73,79024%
Portland69,47034%
Charlotte65,52021%
Salt Lake City61,40039%
St. Louis57,0707%
Tampa55,97023%
Calgary52,20061%
Columbus51,6505%
Kansas City50,470-4%
Orlando47,84026%
Sacramento42,3607%
Pittsburgh41,680-6%
Cincinnati40,45010%
Nashville39,18036%
Cleveland38,1306%
Quebec City36,40034%
Indianapolis35,9801%
Milwaukee35,26014%
San Antonio33,4707%
Virginia Beach31,21017%
Edmonton31,10045%
Waterloo Region, Canada29,70052%
Richmond28,48014%
Hartford27,5006%
Inland Empire26,85044%
Jacksonville23,62017%
Madison23,53045%

The Bay Area also has the highest annual wage for U.S. tech talent at $185,425, followed by Seattle ($172,009) and Boston ($121,794)

Toronto remains the third tech hub in North America, just behind the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.

Emerging Tech Cities in Canada

Canada has attracted significant numbers of tech workers largely as a result of the country’s immigration-friendly national policy and labor cost advantage, according to a recent report from the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and Canada’s Tech Network (CTN).

In fact, Canadian cities like Vancouver, Calgary, and Waterloo have had the highest growth of tech workers over the past five years.

Between April 2022 and March 2023, 32,115 new workers came to Canada with the most migrating from India and Nigeria.

North America’s Next Tech Hubs

Despite the dominance of traditional tech hubs, the report also points to other cities that could receive tech talent over the next few years.

They are concentrated in the U.S. Midwest and South, like Boise (ID), Las Vegas (NE), Palm Bay (FL), and Birmingham (AL).

The report also highlights Winnipeg and Halifax as potential Canadian tech hubs.

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Ranked: Semiconductor Companies by Industry Revenue Share

Nvidia is coming for Intel’s crown. Samsung is losing ground. AI is transforming the space. We break down revenue for semiconductor companies.

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A cropped pie chart showing the biggest semiconductor companies by the percentage share of the industry’s revenues in 2023.

Semiconductor Companies by Industry Revenue Share

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on Apple or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

Did you know that some computer chips are now retailing for the price of a new BMW?

As computers invade nearly every sphere of life, so too have the chips that power them, raising the revenues of the businesses dedicated to designing them.

But how did various chipmakers measure against each other last year?

We rank the biggest semiconductor companies by their percentage share of the industry’s revenues in 2023, using data from Omdia research.

Which Chip Company Made the Most Money in 2023?

Market leader and industry-defining veteran Intel still holds the crown for the most revenue in the sector, crossing $50 billion in 2023, or 10% of the broader industry’s topline.

All is not well at Intel, however, with the company’s stock price down over 20% year-to-date after it revealed billion-dollar losses in its foundry business.

RankCompany2023 Revenue% of Industry Revenue
1Intel$51B9.4%
2NVIDIA$49B9.0%
3Samsung
Electronics
$44B8.1%
4Qualcomm$31B5.7%
5Broadcom$28B5.2%
6SK Hynix$24B4.4%
7AMD$22B4.1%
8Apple$19B3.4%
9Infineon Tech$17B3.2%
10STMicroelectronics$17B3.2%
11Texas Instruments$17B3.1%
12Micron Technology$16B2.9%
13MediaTek$14B2.6%
14NXP$13B2.4%
15Analog Devices$12B2.2%
16Renesas Electronics
Corporation
$11B1.9%
17Sony Semiconductor
Solutions Corporation
$10B1.9%
18Microchip Technology$8B1.5%
19Onsemi$8B1.4%
20KIOXIA Corporation$7B1.3%
N/AOthers$126B23.2%
N/ATotal $545B100%

Note: Figures are rounded. Totals and percentages may not sum to 100.


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Meanwhile, Nvidia is very close to overtaking Intel, after declaring $49 billion of topline revenue for 2023. This is more than double its 2022 revenue ($21 billion), increasing its share of industry revenues to 9%.

Nvidia’s meteoric rise has gotten a huge thumbs-up from investors. It became a trillion dollar stock last year, and broke the single-day gain record for market capitalization this year.

Other chipmakers haven’t been as successful. Out of the top 20 semiconductor companies by revenue, 12 did not match their 2022 revenues, including big names like Intel, Samsung, and AMD.

The Many Different Types of Chipmakers

All of these companies may belong to the same industry, but they don’t focus on the same niche.

According to Investopedia, there are four major types of chips, depending on their functionality: microprocessors, memory chips, standard chips, and complex systems on a chip.

Nvidia’s core business was once GPUs for computers (graphics processing units), but in recent years this has drastically shifted towards microprocessors for analytics and AI.

These specialized chips seem to be where the majority of growth is occurring within the sector. For example, companies that are largely in the memory segment—Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron Technology—saw peak revenues in the mid-2010s.


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