New Opportunities in Seattle

Seattle gained the most workers in the past year from the San Francisco Bay Area and lost the most to Boise, Idaho, according to a new LinkedIn report.

The Microsoft-owned employment networking and data company in a workforce report released Thursday analyzed profile information from people who moved to or from the greater Seattle area in the past 12 months. Here’s how much the top tech jobs in Seattle pay, and how much those same workers would… more

The Seattle area is gaining around 1,100 resident each week, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau estimate. The migration is largely driven by the region’s booming technology industry. LinkedIn’s latest workforce report reveals the top 10 cities from which they came, and the top 10 cities where people from Seattle are moving.

For every 10,000 LinkedIn members based in Seattle, 8.98 workers moved in the last year from the San Francisco Bay Area, likely chasing comparatively low housing prices and overall cost of living. Nearly 7 in 10,000 Seattle LinkedIn members moved from New York City and nearly 6 in 10,000 from Chicago in the past year. (Be warned that the LinkedIn map below inaccurately swapped the locations of Houston and Dallas.)

The top three cities that gained the most workers from Seattle in the last year are Boise, Idaho, Grand Junction, Colorado, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Seattle, 0.42 workers moved to Boise in the past year, 0.06 to Grand Junction and 0.05 to Fayetteville.

Seattle is the ninth fastest-growing city in the U.S. and is among a short list of cities to which more than 1,000 people are moving each week including Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco-Oakland and Austin.

Ashley Stewart covers technology and finance for the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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