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Salt Lake City on Livability’s best 10 cities for techies

The U’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute touted as a big draw for young techies to the city.

This story was taken and modified from the original MarketWatch article.

Whether you’re starting a tech career or just want to enjoy the perks of living in a well-connected city, these places are perfect for you.

More young people are building their careers and their futures around technology. Of course, a big part of that future is determined by where you live, and while many tech workers choose to migrate to such cities as San Francisco and New York, many of the best cities for techies might not be the places you’d expect.

Even if you’re not planning to start a career in tech, living among exciting industries—and the people who work in them—can elevate your life. And, whether you’re embarking on a tech career journey of your own or you just want to appreciate the perks that come along with living in a well-connected city, we’ve found 10 cities that deliver. To see the full list, click here.

The list was compiled  by taking a look at several factors:

  • Locations of top engineering, technology and computer science degree programs
  • Internet coverage by state
  • Locations of top startup accelerators and incubators
  • Cities with high startup growth
  • Cities that ranked among the top for entrepreneurs and startups

Why Salt Lake City is great for techies

This up-and-coming tech destination, dramatically framed by the Wasatch Mountains, is home to the University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, which provides a hands-on platform for college entrepreneurs to get their startups off the ground. Though it’s not a skyscraper-filled metropolis, this capital city houses a plethora of resources for young techies, including co-working spaces and startup competitions. The area has become such a tech hot spot that an organization called Silicon Slopes has emerged to connect, empower and promote the tech scene in Salt Lake City and beyond.