Worlds Best Tech Hubs To Live and Work In 2016

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There is no question that Silicon Valley, in the Bay area of San Francisco, is the original and most successful tech hub in the world – but is it the best one to live in if you are starting a tech career or company?

That is the question Expert Market have answered using data that focuses not only on the potential business success of an area, but also quality of life factors.

We decided on 8 categories, 4 ‘work factors’ and 4 ‘life factors’ to determine which startup city really is the best one to live in. Using this year’s 20 biggest tech hubs, as noted by startup experts Compass, we collated data from each category to give a new, more balanced ranking of the top tech hubs in the world!

The top 10 are presented in the infographic below with additional information, the entire top 20 can be seen in the accompanying tables – along with each city’s rank for the individual factors.

Top Tech Hubs Infographic

Our philosophy is that if you are to thrive in an area, either working in tech or building your own company, you need a balance between potential corporate success and an enjoyable lifestyle.

This is why areas such as San Francisco, London and New York do not come out on top – even though they are considered to be among the top 5 global startup ecosystems.

Overall Rank City Time To Start Business Seed Funding Startup Output Average Salary
1st Berlin 11th 8th 14th 9th
2nd Austin 5th 1st 17th 5th
3rd Toronto 1st 5th 8th 10th
4th San Francisco 5th 1st 1st 1st
5th Boston 5th 4th 4th 3rd
6th Tel Aviv 8th 5th 7th 8th
7th Los Angeles 5th 4th 3rd 3rd
8th Amsterdam 3rd 9th 12th 11th
9th Montreal 1st 7th 15th 14th
10th Paris 3rd 6th 10th 12th
11th Bangalore 9th 10th 6th 18th
12th Seattle 5th 3rd 20th 4th
13th Vancouver 1st 8th 16th 13th
14th Moscow 7th 8th 11th 15th
15th Chicago 5th 6th 13th 4th
16th London 4th 5th 5th 7th
17th New York City 5th 2nd 2th 2nd
18th Sydney 2nd 4th 19th 6th
19th Sao Paulo 10th 9th 18th 17th
20th Singapore 2nd 9th 9th 16th

High living costs and lower work-life balance let these tech hub giants down and allow second tier startup cities such as Berlin and Austin to shine through as better alternatives.

Overall Rank City Cost Of Living Average Rent Paid Vacation Average Commute
1st Berlin

4th 4th 2nd
2nd Austin 6th 10th 8th 3rd
3rd Toronto 7th 7th 6th 14th
4th San Francisco 19th 20th 8th 4th
5th Boston 13th 16th 8th 6th
6th Tel Aviv 11th 6th 6th 8th
7th Los Angeles 9th 14th 8th 15th
8th Amsterdam 10th 11th 4th 1st
9th Montreal 5th 3rd 6th 11th
10th Paris 16th 8th 2nd 7th
11th Bangalore 1st 1st 5th 19th
12th Seattle 12th 13th 8th 5th
13th Vancouver 8th 9th 6th 9th
14th Moscow 2nd 5th 4th 20th
15th Chicago 15th 12th 8th 10th
16th London 18th 18th 1st 16th
17th New York City 20th 19th 8th 18th
18th Sydney 14th 15th 4th 12th
19th Sao Paulo 3rd 2nd 3rd 17th
20th Singapore 17th 17th 7th 13th