Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
Seattle-based career matchmaking service Anthology (formerly Poachable) did a survey of 15,000 of its registered members across the country — and surprise, surprise, most still said that they would prefer to live in San Francisco given the choice.
“Despite real estate prices soaring and the aforementioned companies [Lyft, Facebook, Apple, Google, Twitter, Uber, Groupon, Palantir] moving operations outside of the city, San Francisco was still named the top working destination for technology workers,” Anthology reports. “Perhaps this is driven by FOMO, but those that are still making the migration believe it is the city of the future.”
While Seattle is experiencing a boom with several new Silicon Valley company offices opening up in the region and techies migrating up from the Bay Area, well, we’re still not seen as quite as desirable a city to many.
But we beat New York, which ranked No. 3:
“While it’s no shock to us that the Emerald City, with it’s gorgeous views and vibrant downtown, ranked so highly, it may be a bit up a surprise to others,” writes Anthology.
“It probably shouldn’t, given all the firms that we mentioned are moving into town. Puget Sound technology firms employ more than 131,000 people locally today and have pushed office vacancy to its lowest level in 10 years.”
They did find that Seattle also had the “best recruiting ratio of passive engineering talent to technology employers.”
When it comes to relocating the City on the Bay and Big Apple pretty much mirror one another — they are both each other’s top picks for a coastal swap:
See where tech talent wants to relocate below, all charts by Anthology: