Raleigh, North Carolina
Best place to staff a bootstrapped company
Affordable talent is Raleigh’s secret weapon, with an average developer salary of $98K (vs. $132K in Seattle), thanks to the nearby Research Triangle of Duke, North Carolina University, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Only 29% of respondents cited finding good hires as a top challenge (vs. 51% overall).
"The Research Triangle Park area is full of colleges and universities for access to tech talent."