By now we’ve all heard the news about Amazon splitting it’s HQ2 between Long Island City, New York and Crystal City, Virginia. While the split was certainly unexpected, it should come as no surprise that this decision was one driven by talent.
In a further justification of this decision being a good bet for Jeff Bezos & Co, Forrester Research just released an independent report that shows New York City has more tech workers than any other city in the country. The 333,000 tech workers in NYC beat out San Francisco by 23,000.
The existence of experienced talent in NYC was an obvious factor in the HQ2 race, but what about the the up and coming potential? Perhaps one of the most important findings in Forrester Research’s report came in the form of education. New York City also takes the #1 spot for most Computer Science graduates annually at 7,631. Washington, DC (just a 20 minute drive from Crystal City) comes in just under at 7,478. It seems Amazon was right to look at Long Island City and Crystal City for the talent they need.
Amazon may have just learned of the potential here, but for us at Boyle Software we aren’t too surprised at these statistics. We have a hugely talented team that continues to grow as the market does and have amazing clients that continue to bring us on to solve their most technical challenges.
We will be waiting to see the changes that HQ2 brings to our own HQ city. One things for sure, the NYC tech talent will only keep growing. And we will keep doing what we do best – solving human problems with digital solutions.