Forbes: Millennials Prefer Raleigh to Silicon Valley

Forbes recently released their top 5 tech hubs that Millennials prefer to Silicon Valley. Raleigh made the list!

Tech jobs in Raleigh have grown 38.5% from 2010-2015. The sector is growing almost as quickly as it is in Silicon Valley. Raleigh also has several accelerators and incubators such as Innovators Program and First Flight Venture Center.

“I grew up in Raleigh, but I also spent time in the San Francisco area as an intern for several tech companies,” said Ricky Hopper, Technical Lead at PrecisionHawk. “One of the biggest reasons I decided to come back to Raleigh to continue my career was the diversity of perspectives in the Triangle area.

“We get to meet a great number of people working on exciting, impactful ideas wherever we go, and have access to incredible resources to learn about all sorts of emerging technologies. Raleigh is a developing technology hub while still not being overwhelmed by the industry - it’s a great community to build a career.”

Raleigh has a relatively lower cost of living too, compared with other established tech hubs. “I was attracted to Raleigh by the growing urban area, great weather, and overall amazing ratio of quality of life / cost of living balance,” said Will Bernholz, VP, Marketing for Dropsource. “Having lived and worked in expensive and hyper-fast-paced cities before (Beijing and NYC), I was ready for a smaller city experience. I also wanted a city that would provide the right balance of activity (nightlife, sports, restaurants), space (sick of living in a broom closet), and affordability. The clean natural environment and easy access to nature here was also a big draw. ”
— Marissa Peretz - Forbes
Brent Woodcox