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Used to be that being a geek was a bad thing, but that’s certainly far from true now. Geeky places often offer good jobs — and all the perks that come along with that.

According to this new report from Mintigo, a data-driven predictive marketing firm, the company has compiled the 10 “geekiest” cities in America. And the best places for geeks might surprise you.

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Seattle, home to some of the most famous tech supergeeks in the world, comes in at No. 8. “The only surprise about Seattle is that it’s not higher on our list,” San Mateo, Calif.-based Mintigo reports. “With Boeing and Microsoft calling the rainy city its home, you can imagine how many geeks have flocked here over the years. Seattle also has a vibrant startup scene and is becoming more well-rounded as a tech city.”

What cities beat us out? New York came in at No. 1. The epicenter of everything arty and cool is now also home to “an immensely active tech startup scene, and with the financial district in permanent need of technological assistance, it’s officially the Geek capital of America.”

Other surprises on the list? Houston, Dallas and Atlanta all beat Seattle out on the Geek scale: “Atlanta has a bigger tech market than Seattle,” with Houston having a high demand for software engineers, and in Dallas the “tech sector has roared back,” Mintigo reports.

Cities were ranked according to their technology-use patterns, number of tech jobs, tech-related news and website mentions of related topics.

See the top 10 Geekiest Cities below:

1.       New York City

2.       Chicago

3.       San Francisco

4.       Houston

5.       Washington, DC

6.       Atlanta

7.       Dallas

8.       Seattle

9.       Boston

10.     Austin

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