Though perhaps best known for their potatoes, Idaho’s robust technology sector growth might just flip that script. A concerted effort to lure startups and established companies away from West Coast hubs like Seattle and San Francisco led to a 61% growth in the number of high-tech companies in the state in the past decade. Between 2017 and 2019, the tech sector expanded at double the national rate.
Idaho software engineers enjoy a low cost of living with an average salary of almost twice the state’s median income. To sweeten the pot for candidates, the state’s government, top schools, employers, and organizations like the Idaho Technology Institute continuously invest in opening up educational pathways for those seeking careers in spaces like software engineering.