A new study issued this month by the Milken Institute ranks the Seattle area as the nation’s second largest tech center behind only the San Francisco Bay’s Silicon Valley.
The study, based on 2007 numbers, moves the Seattle area up a notch from a similar study in 2003 when the Boston-Cambridge area in Massachusetts ranked second. That area dropped to third place in the new study.
Ranking fourth is the Washington, D.C., area, followed by Los Angeles, Dallas and San Diego.
According to the Milken study, some 226,000 workers in the Seattle area work in high-tech, which includes such big sectors as software development and aerospace (read Microsoft and Boeing).
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The study notes that areas with concentrations of high-tech industry may be poised to emerge from the recession earlier than other cities.
John Gillie, The News Tribune