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In reality, it’s near impossible to predict where the next big thing will happen, but it is possible to get an idea of where your highest chance of securing a job lies, especially in big cities. So, if you want to be surrounded by the brightest minds – but you don’t want to commute for three hours every day to see them – then look no further: these are the 07 top high tech cities all over the world.

San Francisco

It is undoubted that San Francisco ranks 1st position here, right? San Francisco is one of the most high-tech cities in the world, in fact, it is one of the best cities for tech jobs in the world. San Fransisco has acted as a literal technology magnet for several decades now, and that is not set to slow down anytime soon.

"San Fran" is undeniably the epicentre of all things tech in America, if not the world. It is literally "dripping" in "entrepreneurial spirit" and has a very strong startup and venture capital scene. Its population mainly consists of designers and programmers.

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Although Boston was slightly behind the times during the original internet boom, the city has finally caught up with its tech counterparts in California. Of course, having two of the finest educational institutions in the world (MIT and Harvard) in its backyard undoubtedly helps. Either way, the area is now seeing some returns on this talent pool in the tech sector, with HubSpot, TripAdvisor and Wayfair all recent startup success stories.

In general terms, though, it’s Massachusetts’s position as the country’s top tech employer that offers the most encouragement, with better living costs and a vibrant city lifestyle providing a viable alternative to the likes of Palo Alto.

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Although the Asian city-state has traditionally been known as a financial services powerhouse, it is quickly making strides to establish itself as the primary tech hub in the region, too, while the arrival of Facebook, LinkedIn and Google within recent years has given this aspiration genuine credence. It’s not just the city’s ability to draw the big names that are getting it noticed, though. Singapore has solid government funding, strong infrastructure and – vitally – a dynamic talent pool to sustain its position as a recognised global technology centre. With the state heavily backing research into artificial intelligence (AI) in particular, there is a wealth of ongoing opportunities for tech talent in the Lion City.

London, UK

London is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. According to the 2thinknow study, London has more startups and programmes than almost any other high-tech city in the world. Some estimates indicate there could be more than the whole of California. 11,000 additional positions are thought to be added over the next decade or so.

Los Angeles, USA

The film industry isn't the only thing "going" for LA. A 2014 report by the LA County Economic Development Corporation suggested that LA might have more high-tech sector jobs than and anywhere else in the US. LA is also one of the top tech hubs in the US.

The wealth output of LA also hovers around $58 billion, apparently. The 2thinknow analysis supports this somewhat indicating a high concentration of startups and venture capitalists in the area.

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Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, according to the 2thinknow's report is the far east's leader when it comes to industrial design. This has actually been the case for many years. Taipei, unlike others on our list, tends to specialize in hardware rather than software. Taipei is one of the greatest technology capitals of the world. Tech giants like Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and Acer make Taipei their home. The city also scores highly for its number of venture capitalists.


With Alphabet recently announcing plans to revolutionize Toronto’s dilapidated quayside with a futuristic micro-city, the global tech industry is making a bold statement in Canada’s most populous city. The region doesn’t necessarily require this controversial external influence to make a name for itself in tech terms, though; with 22,500 digital jobs created in 2017, Toronto has been flexing its microchip muscles for some time.

Although it’s very much still in its growing stages (reflected in the relatively low wages in comparison to the rest of North America), Toronto’s tech scene already hosts leading research centres in the likes of data science, AI and even stem-cell research. With high living standards and affordable rent costs, this growth is surely only set to continue.

So there you go, the most high-tech cities in the world listed by Knowinsider. Would you consider moving to any of these cities? With high tech along with beautiful sightseeing everywhere, these cities become the ideal area to live in. Perhaps you don't agree? By, all means leave your comments below.
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