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One of the biggest and fastest-growing industry sectors in Wake County is technology. Propelled by global tech leaders, the region’s tech scene offers a rare combination of innovative culture mixed with affordability. The strength of the tech scene is also driven by talent. Wake County is expected to increase by 14.8% in tech jobs in the next 5 years (2018-2023), more than double the national average of 7%. With the projected rapid increase in tech jobs, attracting tech talent will remain a top priority for employers. 

The region’s strong foundation in technology is fueling other technology-reliant industry sectors such as precision medicine and financial technology, allowing companies the perfect environment to innovate.

There are many driving factors behind the growth and strength of the tech industry. Several components of the success are growth in corporate headquarters and technology centers in the region, successful startups, collaborative partnerships between industry and our tier-1 research universities: Duke Universitythe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University.

Propelled by global tech leaders that include Red Hat, Citrix, IBM, and Lenovo, the region’s tech scene offers a rare breed of innovative culture mixed with affordability. Wake County and the Research Triangle region compete with some of the nation’s biggest tech hubs while offering operating costs that are millions less than the Bay Area.


Wake County and the Research Triangle region are serious competitors when it comes to comparing tech hubs. Rankings are one way of knowing where the metro stands in comparison to other tech hubs. Take a look at some of our top tech rankings below or you can download our rankings flyer.



#3 Best City to Work in Tech in America
(Raleigh, NC)
SmartAsset | June 2019

#1 State for Women in the Tech Sector Workforce
(North Carolina)
NC Tech | 2019

#2 Best Place for IT Pros to Live and Work in the U.S.
(Raleigh, NC)
CompTIA | 2018

#2 of America's Most Digitally Inclusive Tech Cities
(Raleigh, NC)
Brookings Institution | 2018

To learn more about the tech industry in Wake County, contact Kathleen Henry.