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This led us to wonder – how well do you know your city's tech scene? Test your knowledge of Thinkful cities by trying to answer the following questions:

Atlanta

  1. In 2017, Georgia rose to a top 6 U.S. market (from 9 in 2016) for invested venture capital. Of the $1.68 billion invested in Georgia based companies, how much was invested in the Internet and Software sectors?
  2. a. 71% b. 15% c. 89% d. 25%
  3. Atlanta serves as the key technology hub within Georgia, representing ___ of total technology employment in the state.
  4. a. 25% b. 66% c. 50% d. 12%

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Austin

  1. According to a recent report in the NYTimes, how many tech-related jobs are in the Austin metropolitan area?
  2. a. 68,000 b. 97,000 c. 112,000 d. 138,000
  3. Which company is often credited for being the catalyst for Austin’s tech boom?
  4. a. MCC b. IBM c. Dell d. 3M

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Bay Area

  1. Facebook’s IPO was the largest in the history of the Bay Area. How much did it raise?
  2. a. $1.6 billion b. $3.2 billion c. $16 billion d. $32 billion
  3. What percentage of total 2018 US venture funding is concentrated in the Bay Area?
  4. a. 48% b. 34% c. 26% d. 18%

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Boston

  1. As of late 2018, Massachusetts was home to how many “unicorns” (private startup companies valued at more than $1 billion)?
  2. a. 6 b. 8 c. 10 d. 12
  3. Which of these Boston-based tech companies hired over 1200 new employees in the Boston area in 2018?
  4. a. Wayfair b. Hubspot c. DraftKings d. ezCater

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Chicago

  1. Each of these companies that were recently recognized by Glassdoor as a “top tech company to work for” is hiring in Chicago except:
  2. a. Zoom b. LinkedIn c. Salesforce d. Docusign
  3. As of July 2018, how many coworking spaces are there in Chicago?
  4. a. 66 b. 77 c. 88 d. 99

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Dallas

  1. Dallas has the largest tech labor force in the South and the fifth largest in North America. How large is the tech workforce in Dallas?
  2. a. 160,750 b. 80,350 c. 121,650 d. 210,400
  3. The Dallas/Fort Worth job market is notable for being:
  4. a. The easiest market to land a job. b. The most affordable job market in the US for employers. c. The fastest market to land a job. d. The highest paying job market.

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Denver

  1. According to a recent study by CBRE, Denver is a top 10 tech talent market. Denver ranks higher than each of the following cities except:
  2. a. Chicago b. Dallas c. Los Angeles d. Raleigh
  3. In 2018, Colorado set a new record for venture capital investments. How much money did Colorado companies raise?
  4. a. $800 million b. $1.2 billion c. $1.6 Billion d. $2.3 billion

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Detroit

  1. Out of the total amount of jobs in Detroit in 2018, ____ were jobs in the tech industry.
  2. a. 4.3% b. 2% c. 7.5 d. 10%
  3. In 2018, what was the average wage for tech industry professionals in Detroit? a. $85,300 b. $114,500 c. $79,500 d. $93,400

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Houston

  1. According to a recent study by CBRE, Houston’s 2018 tech talent workforce was comprised of how many people?
  2. a. 68,900 b. 107,350 c. 71,500 d. 94,800
  3. In 2018, Houston’s average tech talent wage was:
  4. a. $94,800 b. $73,400 c. $63,200 d. $98,300

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Los Angeles

  1. Los Angeles ranked #1 in the U.S. on CBRE’s list of tech talent momentum markets, a measure of growth acceleration in its tech talent labor pool. Which US city ranked 2nd?
  2. a. Pittsburgh, PA b. Richmond, VA c. Seattle, WA d. Madison, WI
  3. What is the average salary for a machine learning engineering in Los Angeles?
  4. a. 129,273 b. 143,278 c. 150,659 d. 155,807

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Miami

  1. Out of the total amount of jobs in Miami in 2018, ____ were jobs in the tech industry.
  2. a. 4.5% b. 2% c. 7.5 d. 10%
  3. In 2018, what was the average wage for tech industry professionals in Miami?
  4. a. $89,500 b. $114,500 c. $79,500 d. $93,400

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Minneapolis

  1. According to CBRE, in 2018, Minneapolis ranked ___ out of the top tech talent markets in the U.S.
  2. a. #25 b. #3 c. #14 d. #17
  3. In 2018, Minneapolis had ___ tech industry workers in its labor pool, ranking #14 among the top 50 metropolitan areas.
  4. a. 91,200 b. 111,230 c. 87,700 d. 115,200

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Orlando

  1. Every year, Orlando’s hosts a large tech conference called:
  2. a. OrlandoCon b. Otronicon c. TechnOrlando d. Techworld Orlando
  3. In 2018 report by CBRE, Orlando was ranked as the 33rd best city in the US for tech talent. It ranked ahead of each of these Florida cities except:
  4. a. Miami b. Fort Lauderdale c. Tampa d. Jacksonville

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Philadelphia

  1. Philadelphia-based VC firm First Round Capital once served as the office for which billion dollar company?
  2. a. Airbnb b. Uber c. WeWork d. Stripe
  3. According to a recent report, how many people work in Philadelphia’s tech market?
  4. a. 55,640 b. 99,620 c. 122,500 d. 136,110

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Phoenix

  1. In 2018, Phoenix moved up two spots to #15 on CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent Report due to its ability to attract and grow tech talent. How large is the city’s tech talent labor pool?
  2. a. 13,500 b. 100,000 c. 83,930 d. 50,000
  3. Over the past five years, Phoenix has added more tech jobs (12,650 to be exact) than well-known hubs like San Diego, Austin, Washington D.C. and _____.
  4. a. Santa Ana b. Greensboro c. Nashville d. Boston

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Raleigh

  1. In October 2018, which firm announced its intent to buy Raleigh-based software company Red Hat for an estimated $34 billion?
  2. a. General Electric b. IBM c. Microsoft d. Intel
  3. In what year was Research Triangle Park established?
  4. a. 1932 b. 1951 c. 1972 d. 1989

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San Diego

  1. In San Diego, 70,100 people work in tech (4.9% of the total workforce.) This is ____ the national average.
  2. a. smaller than b. on par with c. greater than
  3. In 2017, San Diego was one of the highest-paying tech markets in the country. What was the average tech wage?
  4. a. $102,994 b. $105,699 c. $99,650 d. $135,900

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Salt Lake City

  1. Between 2015 and 2016, tech employment in Salt Lake City grew by ___?
  2. a. 11% b. 18% c. 22% d. 26%
  3. The boom in tech jobs in Salt Lake City has led some to call it “Silicon Slopes.” How many people make up it’s tech workforce?
  4. a. less than 20,000 b. 20,00 - 30,000 c. 30,000 - 40,000 d. more than 40,000

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Seattle

  1. Tech-related jobs make up what percentage of total employment in Seattle?
  2. a. 8.8% b. 12.8% c. 20.2% d. 31.1%
  3. According to CBRE, what was the average tech salary in Seattle in 2018?
  4. a. $70,500 b. $95,700 c. $110,600 d. $117, 300

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Tampa

  1. According to a recent article in the Miami Herald, Tampa is home to how many tech workers?
  2. a. 34,680 b. 45,360 c. 51,240 d. 56,120
  3. In 2018, Florida was ranked the 7th best state for business. It ranked ahead of each of the following states except:
  4. a. New York b. Colorado c. Georgia d. South Carolina

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