America's fastest-growing tech cities aren't on the coasts

  • 5. Kansas City, Missouri

    The Kansas City skyline at sunset, with Union Station, one of Kansas City's most important historical landmarks, in the foreground. riggstopher

    One-year tech job growth: 157 percent
    Median early career pay: $57,200

    Median midcareer pay: $89,500

    The city straddling the Missouri-Kansas border has seen 157 percent growth in year-over-year listings for tech jobs. Project managers and network engineers are the most in-demand jobs, according to ZipRecruiter.

    Sprint (S), Garmin (GRMN), Cerner (CERN), Bushnell and HNTB, an infrastructure planning company, are all major employers in the region. Kansas City proper has a population approaching half a million, with 2 million people in the greater metro region. And it remains affordable, especially on a tech salary: Median rent is below $900, and the median house costs $207,000.

    "This regional city growth has the potential to be quite beneficial for the economy and more generally for Americans," said Barrera. "Having more great jobs in more places is a good thing."