Southern, Midwest Housing Markets in U.S. Best Poised for Tech Growth

WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL | January 10, 2020

Based on new Zillow research, U.S. housing markets in the Midwest and South are most ripe for tech growth, with Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Jacksonville leading the way. Silicon Valley and Seattle might seem like the obvious places for tech start-ups to set up shop and large companies to site new offices. But a confluence of factors such as rampant home-price growth and a seeming saturation of companies competing for the same limited pool of tech talent have led some companies to look toward other options. Using a variety of data sources - including from Zillow, LinkedIn, Ookla and the U.S. Census - we zeroed in on five dimensions that determine a market's potential for tech growth:

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Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) today reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. All per share results are reported as available to common shares on a diluted basis.

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Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) today reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. All per share results are reported as available to common shares on a diluted basis.

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