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Old 04-20-2016, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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I'm having a hard time thinking of even one city which has a solid technology sector, but is not overwhelmingly politically "progressive". Are there any such cities I'm missing?

Specifically, it's important to me to be in a place where there is at least some political diversity and where different viewpoints are tolerated. (FWIW, I'm politically moderate.) However, I also need the area to have at least some technology presence. (Remote software development work is often available, but I don't want to rely on it.) That said, it's not important to me to actually work in the technology sector. Applying my technology skills to other industries would be perfectly fine.

That said, I'd also prefer to avoid archconservative and/or generally intolerant places, even if the intolerance isn't directed at me.
I think most truly intolerant places wouldn't be able to sustain a solid technology sector, as they typically have a less skilled and educated work force and few resources for growing businesses. Conservative is a different matter - and suburban areas in many parts of the South, Midwest, and Mountain states have job opportunities in software development, systems design, and other related functions. These locations may not be left leaning politically but are still open minded in terms of being hospitable environments for people from a variety of backgrounds.

It may be best if you specify the technologies or roles you are targeting, so people can recommend metropolitan areas that have a high concentration of related opportunities. But for overall political diversity and tolerance combined with a strong technology presence, Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham are among the good places to investigate.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:21 PM
 
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With the big caveat that I haven't lived there, San Diego suburbs come to mind. Strong tech sector. I have a few friends there. One set of friends who live there are conservative and Mormon, grew up in the area and feel like they fit in fine. Another friend is an Indian immigrant and he feels welcomed there, too. These friends are all raising families and from what I can see, there's a "live and let live and let's all enjoy the beautiful weather!" mentality
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