Whether freelancing or working for the government, a boutique agency or a large technology company, web developers are in high demand across the country.

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for web developers to grow 27 percent between 2014 and 2024. That is much faster than the projected average 7 percent growth for all occupations during that time.

So where should web developers establish their domain to get the most out of this exploding career field?

SpareFoot teamed up with Indeed, the world’s largest job site by users, to find the ten metro areas with the most job listings for web developers. Indeed also provided us with the average salary  data for web developers in those markets.

We then ranked those cities by the following factors: job availability, average annual salary, median home price and median annual rent. Finally, we combined the rankings (giving double weight to job availability) to determine an overall ranking.

Median home prices and annual rent sourced from Zillow.

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10. San Diego, CA

San Diego ranked near the bottom on most of our parameters, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad pick for web developers. The average starting salary of $77,000 is considerably more than the national median reported by the BLS of $63,490.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 6% (Ranked 10th)
Average annual salary:  $77,000 (Ranked 9th)
Median home price:  $491,375
Salary as a percentage of home price:  16% (Ranked 9th)
Median annual rent:  $28,428
Rent as a percentage of income: 37% (Ranked 9th)

If you’re considering a move to San Diego, check out our San Diego Moving Guide

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9. Seattle, WA

Home to two of the tech industry’s biggest companies, Microsoft and Amazon, Seattle is another top city for web developers.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 7.7% (Ranked 7th)
Average annual salary:  $83,000 (Ranked 7th)
Median home price:  $500,225
Salary as a percentage of home price: 17% (Ranked 8th)
Median annual rent:  $28,800
Rent as a percentage of income: 37% (Ranked 8th)

If you’re considering a move to Seattle, check out our Seattle Moving Guide

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8. Austin, TX

The Texas capital might have the lowest average starting salary for web developers on our list, but you can live pretty comfortably here—if you can stand the heat and the cedar pollen.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 7.4% (Ranked 8th)
Average annual salary:  $73,000 (Ranked 10th)
Median home price:  $270,000
Salary as a percentage of home price:  27% (Ranked 4th)
Median annual rent: $17,064
Rent as a percentage of income: 23% (Rank 4th)

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7. Dallas, TX

Web developers in Austin might be a bit conflicted to see Dallas rank a level higher on this list, but the pay is better and the housing is more affordable a few hours to the north. It is a bit harder to find a job though, with only 6.1 percent of jobs in the top ten coming from Dallas.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 6.1% (Ranked 9th)
Average annual salary: $78,000 (Ranked 8th)
Median home price:  $235,626
Salary as a percentage of home price:  33% (Ranked 3rd)
Median annual rent:  $15,504
Rent as a percentage of income: 20% (Ranked 2nd)

If you’re considering a move to Dallas, check out our Dallas Moving Guide

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6. Boston, MA

When they aren’t coding, web developers can explore history on the Freedom Trail, watch the Sox play at Fenway or take in the view from the top of the Prudential Tower. Or, you know, just stay in and binge watch Boston Legal.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 8.8% (Ranked 6th)
Average annual salary:  $96,000 (Ranked 4th)
Median home price:  $518,300
Salary as a percentage of home price:  19% (Ranked 6th)
Median annual rent:  $30,144
Rent as a percentage of income: 31% (Ranked 6th)

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5. San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco-area is known for its tech scene, but it might be better known for its extremely high home prices and apartment rents. The city boasts the highest pay for web developers, an annual average of $104,000. On the flip side, it is the least affordable city on the list.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 11.4% (Ranked 2nd)
Average annual salary: $104,000 (Ranked 1st)
Median home price:  $1,121,750
Salary as a percentage of home price:  9% (Ranked 10th)
Median annual rent:  $52,620
Rent as a percentage of income: 51 percent (Ranked 10th)

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4. Washington, DC

The nation’s capital has pretty much everything a web developer could ask for, if you don’t mind working for Uncle Sam. The city has a good-sized share of job openings and high starting pay, but is middle-of-the-road when it comes to affordability, especially if you decide to rent.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 10.4% (Ranked 4th)
Average annual salary:  $96,000 (Ranked 3rd)
Median home price:  $508,250
Salary as a percentage of home price:  19% (Ranked 5th)
Median annual rent:  $30,504
Rent as a percentage of income: 32% (Ranked 7th)

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2. Chicago, IL (tie)

Chicago ties New York for second place on our list. The Second City beats out the Big Apple when it comes to housing affordability. That $92,000 average salary goes pretty far here, whether you buy or rent.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 10.4% (Ranked 5th)
Average annual salary:  $92,000 (Ranked 6th)
Median home price:  $255,725
Salary as a percentage of home price:  36% (Ranked 2nd)
Median annual rent:  $19,836
Rent as a percentage of income: 22% (Ranked 3rd)

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2. New York, NY (tie)

New York doesn’t offer the highest average pay for developers, and it is pretty expensive. But there are plenty of jobs. Among Indeed’s job listings for cities on our list, more than 1 in 5 are in NYC.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 21% (Ranked 1st)
Average annual salary:  $93,000 (Ranked 5th)
Median home price:  $532,048
Salary as a percentage of home price:  17% (Ranked 7th)
Median annual rent:  $27,756
Rent as a percentage of income: 30% (Ranked 5th)

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1. Atlanta, GA

Web developers might want to get on a midnight train to Georgia. Or fly Delta, if you are in a hurry. With the second highest average salary on our list, and ranking first on both housing and rent affordability, Atlanta tops our list of cities for web developers by a huge margin.

Percent share of top ten (rounded): 10.8% (Ranked 3rd)
Average annual salary:  $96,000 (Ranked 2nd)
Median home price:  $244,815
Salary as a percentage of home price:  39% (Ranked 1st)
Median annual rent:  $16,836
Rent as a percentage of income: 18% (Ranked 1st)

Alexander Harris
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