PC World Magazine has released its list of America’s Most Tech-Friendly Cities for 2013 (April issue). The list is based on a compilation of tech amenities for tech savvy people that spend a large majority of their time working, playing, and shopping online. If you are at home, work, and out and about the cities should have smart phone apps, WiFi hotspots, and technological city services for your needs. So which cities are the most tech-friendly?
How Did They Rank the Cities’ Tech-Friendly Level On?
The magazine measured the cities tech-friendly based on ten factors: IT jobs, computer science graduate programs in the area, WiFi, speed of 3G/4G cell service, LTE wireless services, speed of home broadband, the number of tweets that originate from each city, and city government smart phone apps. The city government apps include apps to report potholes and paying for metered parking. Here is the rundown:
America’s Top 5 Most Tech-Friendly Cities:
1. San Jose/Silicon Valley, California – ranked high in public WiFi, IT jobs, city Apps, IT graduate programs, LTE services, and 4G download speed.
2. Atlanta, Georgia – ranked high in public WiFi, daily tweets, home broadband speed, and LTE services
3. Boston, Massachusetts – ranked high in public WiFi, IT graduate programs, and home broadband.
4. Minneapolis, Minnesota – ranked high in public WiFi, and home broadband.
5. San Francisco, California – ranked high in public WiFi, IT jobs, IT graduate programs, and LTE services.
Which of the Tech-Friendly Cities Had the Most WiFi?
Some cities ranked higher in one area over others. Minneapolis, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Boston, and San Francisco are the cities with the most publicly available WiFi Networks.
Portland, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Denver were the fastest 3G/4G wireless combo.
Is your city one of the most tech-friendly cities in America? How did your city rank? Were you surprised by cities that did or didn’t make the list?