St. George, Utah – While the Silicon Valley and Seattle Washington have long been the historic hub for high-tech jobs and technological advancements in the U.S., a new report which lists the states with the fastest-growing high-tech job sector has Utah ranked as number two in the nation for growth.
Minnesota (8.36 percent).
Utah (5.75 percent)
Nebraska (5.22 percent)
Michigan (4.47 percent)
Florida (4.27 percent)
On a yearly basis we see articles that extol the virtues of living in Utah, anointing our cities as the best place to retire or one of the fastest growing in the nation. Regardless how the national media slices it, Utah remains a state brimming with opportunity for millennial hipsters searching for their high-tech future and retirees looking to enjoy an increased quality of life with a reduced cost of living.
Because of Utah’s embracing of STEM (Science, Technology, Energy and Math) the state enjoyed a serious uptick in high-tech hiring during 2015 … Jumping 5.75% on a year-over-year basis. The focal point for this growth has primarily occurred in Salt Lake City, Provo and Ogden, thanks to the state’s commitment to higher education.
As the “Silicon Slopes” continue to attract companies like Microsoft, Adobe and Intel, Utah’s fiscal stability allows the private sector to confidently risk growth capital and build its labor force. As a direct result, Pew recently announced Utah is one of only four states to maintain its long-running AAA credit rating over the last 45 years.