July 26th, 2017

Where are the best software developers? Not Silicon Valley

Java App Dev, Java Language, others, Programing, Programming Careers, by admin.

When it comes to determining which state has the best developers, California, the home of Silicon Valley, might immediately come to mind. But according to technical recruiter HackerRank, the top state is Washington.

HackerRank, which offers coding skills tests, examined its own data and found Washington had the most skilled developers on the company’s platform. Right on Washington’s heels, albeit with a smaller concentration of developers, was Wyoming. Developers in these two states dominated in algorithms, the domain with the largest share of challenges solved on the company’s platform. California placed third overall and ranked in the top 10 across multiple domains.

“It’s certainly notable that Washington outranks California. Silicon Valley gets a lot of the hype but places like Seattle are also home to some of the most innovative and influential companies in the tech industry,” HackerRank CEO Vivek Ravisankar said. Results of the HackerRank study were released today.

The company looked at challenges across eight domains including algorithms, functional programming, math, data structures, Ruby, C++, Python, and Java. The criteria in the actual tests vary by domain. Each of these core skill areas have multiple challenges. Results were determined through an examination of coding submissions from 2015 and 2016. Data from about 450,000 unique developers was considered. The top 10 states as far as the best developers were:

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