5. Salt Lake City, Utah
Jobs added from 2010 through 2012: 34,137 (up 5 percent)
According to report released by CBRE Global Research and Consulting, Salt Lake City is one of the cities to watch in terms of future office market potential for the high-tech industry, which includes jobs in software development, data processing and Internet publishing, as well as in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Joel Kotkin at Forbes reported that the city has experienced a 7.6 percent growth in the past two years because of its “lower taxes, more flexible regulatory environment, a well-educated, multilingual workforce and spectacular nearby natural amenities.” Major tech companies in Salt Lake City include Adobe, Electronic Arts and Twitter.