North America High Tech

Top 25 High Tech Metropolitan Areas
2007 Rank 2003 Rank Metropolitan Area
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (MSA)  
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (MD)  
Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA (MD)  
4 5 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (MD)  
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA (MD)  
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX (MD)  
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (MSA)  
11  Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA (MD)  
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ (MD)  
10  San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA (MD)  
11  13  Philadelphia, PA (MD)  
12  12  Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA (MSA)  
13  10  Edison, NJ (MD)  
14  14  Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL (MD)  
15  25  TORONTO  
16  15  Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA (MD)  
17  18  Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (MSA)  
18  17  Denver-Aurora, CO (MSA)  
19  27  MONTREAL  
20  16  Austin-Round Rock, TX (MSA)  
21  21  Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (MSA)  
22  29  Huntsville, AL (MSA)  
23  20  Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (MSA)  
24  31  Wichita, KS (MSA)  
25  23  Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD (MD)  

North America’s High-Tech Economy: The Geography of Knowledge-Based Industries ranks the top high-tech centers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico in their ability to grow and sustain thriving high-tech industries.
The top 25 markets are listed on the left, showing the 2007 and 2003 rankings. An interactive map of the metros is directly below and scroll down for a full listing of all 393 high-tech centers ranked.
Data is also available for each of the 19 specific high-tech industries. Click here for industry specific data.

The full report and executive summary of North America's High-Tech Economy: The Geography of Knowledge-Based Industries is available for free download after registration.

MSA = metropolitan statistical area
MD = metropolitan division
Location quotient (LQ) measures the concentration of high-tech employment or wages as a percentage of a metro's total employment or wages and then compares it to the average for all of North America. An LQ of 1.0, for example, matches the North American average, while an LQ of 2.0 states that the metro's concentration in high-tech industries is twice as large.

Complete Rankings
Click on any of the links across the top to re-rank the metros by that category.

The 2007 benchmarking data is the latest available data for U.S. and Canadian metros.

Due to data limitations, no estimates were available for some Canadian metros in certain industries. Where this occurs, it may result in a downward bias for the affected metros in the overall rankings.
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