More people today are discontent living and working in the traditional tech hubs — New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Boston — than ever before. Among the reasons; skyrocketing housing costs, pricey child care, the crowds and relentless traffic. Sometimes the local culture isn't a fit or they want to be nearer to family.
A recent Gallup poll found that while 80% of Americans live in urban areas, only 12% said they want to live there. Asked where they would live if they had their choice, the top response was a rural area. Stephane Kasriel, CEO of freelancing website WeWork.com writes in a CNBC column that skilled professionals, tech workers especially, should just go as they have never wielded as much market power as they do now.