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Which is the most affordable city for software engineers?

By Mike Wheatley | April 5, 2017

North America’s demand for software engineers and other technology specialists is showing no signs of slowing down.

Indeed, the US and Canada have been competing with each other for years to attract the brightest IT talent. So far, the San Francisco Bay Area appears to have had the best of it, thanks to the presence of so many tech firms in Silicon Valley and other locales. The area has won out thanks to the numerous benefits and attractive salaries it offers, but will it always be that way?

But other North American tech hubs aren’t doing so bad either. Vancouver for example, is home to campuses of big name firms like Amazon and Hootsuite, as well as other startups, and has attracted thousands of IT specialists from all over the world. Now, with President Donald Trump promising to put “America first” and introduce more restrictive immigration policies, Canada stands to benefit.

The question begs to be asked: will San Francisco continue to pull in the tech talent, or will companies located elsewhere benefit?

Seeking to answer this question, Point2Homes selected San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver (three cities it considers to be the biggest tech hubs on both sides of the border), looking at numbers that represent housing, income and living costs, in order to see which is the best location for software engineers.

All in all, although income and the reputation gained by working for a big-name company are two of  the most attractive benefits of working in the US, Canada’s free healthcare, lower child care costs, economic stability, and more inclusive immigration policies should also be taken into account as they can actually play a decisive role in the relocation decision of tech employees.

Mike Wheatley is the senior editor at Realty Biz News. Got a real estate related news article you wish to share, contact Mike at [email protected].
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