*Forbes* processed the data: *Nashville* sneaks in to round out top 10

Don’t let the genteel Southern mentality and abundance of amazing music fool you – the Nashville metro has a thriving information sector. The strong manufacturing industry there doesn’t hurt, but the thing that has landed Nashville tenth on the list, with 3.9 percent IT jobs growth since 2009 (to a considerable 20,200 jobs) is the music and media base.

Forbes did the math to find which metropolitan statistical areas were experiencing the most IT-sector growth. Utilizing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Forbes ranked 317 MSAs based on trends in their mid-term growth, most-recent growth and overall momentum from 2007 to 2012, then reviewed the 66 MSAs with 450,000 jobs or more.

While cities such as New York and Los Angeles do still supply the largest numbers of jobs, they haven’t been experiencing the same growth in IT-sector employment as some of the smaller, usually less-expensive MSAs.

The information industry is in the process of transition, a decline turning into a revitalized resurgence in the last two years – by and large thanks to developments in software, data processing and social media. The booming success of the data sector is sometimes obscured by the fact that businesses are beginning to hire for those positions in-house.

The full list of top MSAs winning IT jobs:

  1. San Jose-Santa Clara (CA)
  2. San Francisco-San Mateo (CA)
  3. New Orleans-Metairie (LA)
  4. Boston-Cambridge (MA)
  5. Austin-Round Rock (TX)
  6. Atlanta-Marietta (GA)
  7. San Antonio-New Braunfels (TX)
  8. Raleigh-Cary (NC)
  9. Phoenix-Glendale (AZ)
  10. Nashville-Franklin (TN)

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