5. Kansas City
Tech Employment Growth, 2015-2016: 20.5 percent
Change in Momentum, 2013-2016: 17.7 percent
About 200 miles to the south on I-29, Kansas City has seen similar movement in tech jobs and wages as Omaha has. Technology salaries grew 8.7 percent to an average of $83,024 from 2011 to 2016, also outpacing non-technology roles (5.6 percent and $49,191). But from 2011 to 2015, the Kansas City metro area saw a jump of close to 41 percent in technology degrees. Also like Omaha: the costs of living and doing business are slightly below the national average, according to data CBRE cited from Moody's Analytics.