Nashville has emerged as the largest-growing tech hub in the U.S., according to the Wall Street Journal.
Data from a Brookings Institution report noted that from 2013 to 2015, the Nashville metro area had a 7.9% increase in employment in sectors using science, technology, engineering or math skills. The rate topped the San Francisco Bay Area by a hair. Other southern cities, including Memphis, Raleigh, Charlotte, Jackson, Miss., and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. saw at least six percent growth in advanced-industries employment.
The new focus on tech jobs is due to the auto industry. General Motors and Nissan have plants outside of Nashville, and management, scientific and technical consulting services rose 37.5 percent from 2013 to 2015.