The top 10 US cities for software engineers

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After doing some research on US cities we came up with a list of the 10 best cities in the US for software engineers. Of course engineers live and breath data so this list is a bit more data driven than your typical post.

So what did we look for? Well median salary for software engineers is obviously a must. Work availability goes in there as well. Average commute time is good to put up there, as well as average rent price for a one bedroom apartment. Another point we look at is weather and sunny days per year. Finally to end the recipe, we joined in data for gender ratio.

Because we know not all software engineers are created equal, we have added a list of questions which might help you get the most relevant list of cities. Enjoy!

I am looking for a female partner
I like cold weather
I prefer sunny days
I like hot weather

1. San Diego, CA


Cost Of Living Index: 119
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $77,128.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $107,980.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $74,388.00
Commute Times Minutes: 23.00 min
Average 1bd Rent: $1,760.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 3055
Average Winter Temperature: 58°F
Average Summer Temperature: 71°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 105.9

2. San Jose, CA


Cost Of Living Index: 121.3
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $89,508.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $130,688.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $103,127.00
Commute Times Minutes: 27.30 min
Average 1bd Rent: $2,536.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 3037
Average Winter Temperature: 50°F
Average Summer Temperature: 68°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 116.7

3. Los Angeles, CA


Cost Of Living Index: 118.2
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $82,638.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $106,878.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $80,314.00
Commute Times Minutes: 29.90 min
Average 1bd Rent: $2,014.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 3348
Average Winter Temperature: 57°F
Average Summer Temperature: 74°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 97.9

4. Raleigh, NC


Cost Of Living Index: 95.2
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $82,949.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $98,008.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $68,314.00
Commute Times Minutes: 25.00 min
Average 1bd Rent: $1,004.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 2606
Average Winter Temperature: 40°F
Average Summer Temperature: 79°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 93.9

5. Tampa, FL


Cost Of Living Index: 99.4
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $77,128.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $88,126.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $63,302.00
Commute Times Minutes: 23.00 min
Average 1bd Rent: $1,100.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 2927
Average Winter Temperature: 61°F
Average Summer Temperature: 83°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 94.9

6. Denver, CO


Cost Of Living Index: 104.3
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $97,816.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $101,632.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $76,027.00
Commute Times Minutes: 28.60 min
Average 1bd Rent: $1,436.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 3107
Average Winter Temperature: 29°F
Average Summer Temperature: 73°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 103.3

7. Phoenix, AZ


Cost Of Living Index: 99.7
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $76,825.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $93,368.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $70,517.00
Commute Times Minutes: 23.40 min
Average 1bd Rent: $909.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 3872
Average Winter Temperature: 54°F
Average Summer Temperature: 93°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 103.9

8. Kansas City, MO


Cost Of Living Index: 92.7
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $76,165.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $73,775.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $72,235.00
Commute Times Minutes: 22.90 min
Average 1bd Rent: $795.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 2810
Average Winter Temperature: 27°F
Average Summer Temperature: 79°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 92.9

9. Seattle, WA


Cost Of Living Index: 107
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $85,541.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $115,068.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $77,724.00
Commute Times Minutes: 25.00 min
Average 1bd Rent: $1,795.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 2170
Average Winter Temperature: 41°F
Average Summer Temperature: 65°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 106.4

10. San Francisco, CA


Cost Of Living Index: 122
Programmer Analyst Median Salary 2015: $95,147.00
Software Engineer Median Salary 2015: $122,520.00
Systems Administrator Median Salary 2015: $98,450.00
Commute Times Minutes: 31.50 min
Average 1bd Rent: $3,600.00
Sunny Hours Per Year: 2734
Average Winter Temperature: 49°F
Average Summer Temperature: 63°F
Number Of Men Per 100 Women: 112.3

Data sources:
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/25-best-paying-cities-software-engineers/
https://project.wnyc.org/commute-times-us/embed.html#5.00/42.000/-89.500
https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/heres-average-apartment-costs-us-cities/
https://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/average-annual-sunshine-by-city.php
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0762183.html

Author: Andres Paez

Tech’er, writer, programmer, life enthusiast.

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