If you listened to the hype, you'd think that Silicon Valley was the only place to live for tech types. This is partly because every media outlet that covers technology is fully engaged in Facebook IPO Watch 2012, and partly because, yes, there are a lot of tech jobs in the Bay Area. However, this area isn't the only place to live if you want one of these gigs. Heck, it might not even be the best.
Forbes contributors Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill developed a ranking system that measures growth in the tech industry as a whole -- meaning that they looked at internet, data processing, and software jobs, but also included jobs in the STEM sector. (That's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, for the acronym-averse.) Their findings might surprise you.