Happiest Cities in the U.S. for Software Engineers
If Boulder, Colorado migrated to the East Coast, cut rent by 30%, reduced internet prices, and served sweet tea, it might look a little like Durham, North Carolina. For developers after a more laid-back life, Durham provides just enough meetups to meet new and interesting people without feeling smothered.
The number two city on our list is very affordable for software engineers. While the salary in Durham is a little lower than in Boulder, the salary to rent ratio in Durham is very favorable. Adding to potential savings, the price of internet in Durham is the second-cheapest on the list, which means that software engineers who choose Durham could live the high life for a lot less.
Duke University, IBM, Blue Cross, Fidelity Investments, and Bronto Software all have a significant presence in Durham, North Carolina.