There are almost 3.5 million computer professionals in the United States and they can’t all fit into Silicon Valley. IT workers remain among the top earners in the country, but their home-buying power is still greatly influenced by market conditions. One of our most recent studies looks at the best metros to buy a home in depending on your occupation, and the results might come as a surprise.

All but one of the top 10 best metros for IT workers to buy a house in are found on the Eastern Seaboard. West Coast cities may be big payers, but their exorbitant housing prices will severely diminish the buying power of those seeking to relocate there. No, it’s not the huge cities you have to look at to get the best bang for your buck – in fact, only two of the metros on our list are among the top 10 most populous in the U.S.

1. Washington, D.C.

Median home price: $530,940
Average income: $117,850

The nation’s capital comes in at the top due to its wealth of government jobs and high-performing economy, which bring computer professionals an average income of $117,850 per year. This makes Washington, D.C. a great place to buy a house despite its relatively high average home cost of $530,940.

The Capitol and Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC.

2. Baltimore, Maryland

Median home price: $357,943
Average income: $113,513

Not too far away from Washington, D.C., Baltimore ranks second due to its high salaries which can be leveraged much further given its lower average housing cost, especially when compared to DC. An average annual salary of $113,513 set against an average home cost of $357,943 means that IT workers can expect to save up the money for a down payment in a little over three years, the shortest time on our list.

View of Inner Harbor area in downtown Baltimore Maryland USA (1)

3. Durham, North Carolina

Median home price: $375,748
Average income: $106,394

Durham is one of the three corners of the Research Triangle, and it’s not the only one on our list. Spurred, therefore, by a thriving education and research sector, Durham offers great opportunities for computer professionals and an attractive median pay of $106,394 annually. Not only that, but housing prices are on the lower end of the spectrum, costing an average of $375,748.

Durham, North Carolina, USA downtown skyline.

4. Bridgeport, Connecticut

Median home price: $529,782
Average income: $106,239

You might have thought New York City would make the cut, but it seems its neighbors are far more welcoming to IT workers. The former industrial powerhouse and birthplace of the Frisbee offers great IT salaries, on average, but earns a lower rank on our list due to its high housing prices, which almost match those of DC – $529,782. On average, you would need almost five years to save up for a down payment on a new house, more than in any other city on this list.

Sailboat passing by tower of Black Rock Harbor lighthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

5. Providence, Rhode Island

Median home price: $421,737
Average income: $104,715

Founded almost 400 years ago, Providence has a complex and fascinating past, much like its winding streets. However, the city and its metro area seem to have turned into a great place for people with very future-facing careers. Computer professionals earn a median income of $104,715 per year here, which means they can save up for a down payment for their Providence home in about 4 years.

Fall Foliage in Providence, Rhode Island (1)

6. Charlotte, North Carolina

Median home price: $339,837
Average income: $102,316

As the second-largest banking center in the United States, it’s no wonder that Charlotte has highly rewarding jobs for computer professionals, with average earnings amounting to $102,316. However, it also has another thing going for it – its housing prices are some of the lowest on our list, coming in at an average of $339,837.

Aerial of Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

7. Raleigh, North Carolina

Median home price: $401,821
Average income: $102,033

The second city on our list that is part of the Research Triangle, Raleigh isn’t far behind. An average IT salary of $102,033 gives you a great start when looking for a home, with the average house costing around $401,821. You’ll be glad to know that this metro also boasts the lowest self storage prices on our list with an average rate of $96/month for a standard 10×10 unit.

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA downtown city skyline.

8. Worcester, Massachusetts

Median home price: $390,443
Average income: $101,070

The “Heart of the Commonwealth” has proven to be a welcoming place for people from all over the world. And those working in IT may feel particularly welcome in Worcester, since they can make an average of $101,070 per year here, against a median home price of $390,443.

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Skyline

9. Atlanta, Georgia

Median home price: $339,074
Average income: $100,802

Atlanta is a big metro of over 6 million people, so it might be surprising to hear that it’s got the lowest average housing price on our list – $339,074. However, computer professionals can still expect to earn about $100,802 per year on average, which means they can begin moving preparations in a little over 3 years. No wonder IT workers there refer to it lovingly as the Silicon Peach.

Atlanta, Georgia, USA midtown skyline from Piedmont Park in autumn.

10. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Median home price: $360,284
Average income: $99,530

The Minneapolis metro is the only one on our list to not be located on the Eastern Seaboard. It is also the only entry where the average annual pay for IT jobs is just under $100K – $99,530 to be precise. Don’t let that discourage you though, as housing is very much within an affordable range with an average price of $360,284 for a home.

Aerial view of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

While it might seem surprising that the situation is so one-sided geographically, it makes sense in the larger context. Indeed, IT salaries are highest on the West Coast. But over there, well… they have to be. San Jose and San Francisco both have average asking prices of well over $1 million for an average home. Meanwhile, that money could buy you two or three homes across the Rockies, and with some change left over for as much storage space as you could ever need. You can even have the best of both worlds, keeping an RV in storage on the East Coast for your holidays across the country.

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While the idea of a cutting-edge tech career in sunny California still has an undeniable appeal for many, the truth is that many of the economic and administrative centers of the eastern United States might give you more while asking for much less. It’s hard to say no to that.


George is a Real Estate Writer and Lifestyle Editor for Yardi, with a background in languages, marketing and YouTube content creation. He is now seeking to bring his love of detail and storytelling to the world of real estate. You can find him browsing Age of Sail books at your local bookstore, probably...

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