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Montana Tech Boom

An unexpected state is experiencing a tech boom. And yours just might be next.

That state is Montana. The tech industry in the state is growing seven times as fast as the state economy as a whole. And tech jobs there pay about twice the median wage.

Montana Tech Boom

Successful tech entrepreneurs in the state credit the internet for allowing them to set up shop and connect with others from anywhere. So now Montana natives who previously would have had to relocate to find high paying jobs, or even entrepreneurs who just want to enjoy a low cost of living and access to the outdoors have a great option.

But Montana isn’t the only state that’s experiencing this type of growth, though the actual numbers there may be the most notable at this point. Since the internet allows anyone to grow an online business from basically anywhere, it’s no longer essential for tech entrepreneurs to relocate to Silicon Valley or other major startup hubs.

So whether you’re looking to start a tech company or potentially relocate one, don’t just assume that big cities are the only way to go. Small towns and other unexpected locales also offer many benefits, as the recent boom in Montana demonstrates.

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Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

6 Reactions
  1. It is about the creativity. So if you can have a place where great minds flock together, then that can be another Silicon Valley.

  2. I am excited to see multiple Silicon Valleys because it means that technology is truly flourishing.

  3. Your garage can be a mini Silicon Valley. It starts with the idea and the passion to hone technology to help people.