Iowa is a top place for workers in computers and technology.
The first computer was invented in Iowa in 1930, and while California’s Silicon Valley has since attracted much of the attention in the tech and computer science sphere, Iowa has never lost sight of its roots as a major tech innovator. There is a reason why Iowa is part of the “Silicon Prairie.”
Today, Iowa’s $11 billion tech scene employs about 76,000 workers. In addition to a healthy tech start-up scene, major companies like Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Google have opened large data centers here, and more are expected to come as Iowa’s three largest cities have all been identified among the top-10 ideal locations in the nation for data site expansions. Cedar Rapids and Des Moines were ranked the sixth- and eighth-top cities respectively for tech workers in the nation. Meanwhile, the need for computer scientists statewide remains high, with almost 4,000 jobs going unfilled each year.