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San Francisco has been heating up as a center of high-tech in the Bay Area as more high-tech firms make their home there.

Between 2008 and 2016, the estimated number of high-tech firms calling San Francisco home grew by 74 percent. That compares with just 18 percent growth in Santa Clara County where the largest number of Bay Area high-tech firms are already located, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Here’s how Bay Area counties rank by growth in high-tech over the same eight-year period.1. San Francisco – 74%2. Santa Clara – 18%3. Alameda – 14%4. Napa – 13%5. San Mateo – 11%6. Contra Costa – 10%7. Solano – 7%8. Sonoma – 7%9. Marin – 2%[bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”1. San Francisco” percent=”74″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”2. Santa Clara” percent=”18″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”3. Alameda” percent=”14″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”4. Napa” percent=”13″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”5. San Mateo” percent=”11″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”6. Contra Costa” percent=”10″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”7. Solano” percent=”7″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”8. Sonoma” percent=”7″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”9. Marin” percent=”2″]San Francisco’s Chief Economist Ted Egan said technology companies want to be in San Francisco because that’s where their workers want to live, and many of those workers start their own companies.

SourceU.S. Census Bureau; Controller’s Office, City and County of San Francisco

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.