Top 10 cities in the world to start a digital career

A new index, published by CodeClan, has ranked the best cities in the world to advance your career in the technology and mobile sectors

The data, published by CodeClan, is based on a number of key factors, including the Mercer's Quality of Living ranking, the average salary, average broadband speed, average monthly rent, and the number of sector companies and jobs available.

10 Boston

Average salary (GBP): 84,512

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 222.64

Average monthly rent (GBP): 2062.95

Technology companies per capita: 0.011

9 Minneapolis

Average salary (GBP): 71,075

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 222.64

Average monthly rent (GBP): 1249.36

Technology companies per capita: 0.009

8 Miami

Average salary (GBP): 69,654

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 222.64

Average monthly rent (GBP): 2003.01

Technology companies per capita: 0.015

7 Pittsburgh

Average salary (GBP): 72,654

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 222.64

Average monthly rent (GBP): 1130.73

Technology companies per capita: 0.009

6 St Louis

Average salary (GBP): 71,245

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 222.64

Average monthly rent (GBP): 923.78

Technology companies per capita: 0.009

5 Seattle

Average salary (GBP): 106,389

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 222.64

Average monthly rent (GBP): 1743.74

Technology companies per capita: 0.009

4 Washington

Average salary (GBP): 77,941

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 222.64

Average monthly rent (GBP): 1694.48

Technology companies per capita: 0.014

3 Atlanta 

Average salary (GBP): 71,607

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 222.64

Average monthly rent (GBP): 1513.09

Technology companies per capita: 0.016

2 Zürich

Average salary (GBP): 87,241

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 255.41

Average monthly rent (GBP): 1624.54

Technology companies per capita: 0.016

1 Bern

Average salary (GBP): 79,770

Average fixed broadband download speed (Mbps): 255.41

Average monthly rent (GBP): 1010.47

Technology companies per capita: 0.014

Key findings from the CodeClan global technology report 

What is most immediately apparent is how much the US dominates the top 10 rankings. Eight of these spots are taken up by American cities, which is highly indicative of America’s market presence. 

Interestingly, the geographical span of this list is highly limited, as the two remaining cities in the list (Bern and Zürich) are both in Switzerland. 

Within the list, San Francisco has the highest average salary for technology jobs, and Zürich, Atlanta and Pointe-à-Pitre have the highest number of tech companies per capita. 

On the other side of the spectrum, the 10 countries that rank the lowest within the top 100 are Dublin, London, Port Louis, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Athens, Johor Bahru and San Juan. 

Despite neither of the cities ranking in the top 10, Tokyo and London are the two cities with the highest number of technology companies. 

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