What U.S. Region Has the Most D.I.Y. App Creators?

As you may remember, we released a study surveying more than 900 information workers across the country. The results included interesting insights on the growing generation of D.I.Y. information workers, who are independently deploying technology to address customer and workflow problems.

What may come as a surprise is the region where most D.I.Y. workers are based. While most consider the Silicon Valley or New York as the primary tech hubs of the country, the study revealed that more than one-third (35.5%) of D.I.Y. workers are located in the South. More specifically, the southern states led the pack compared to the other regions, which include the West (24%), Midwest (24%) and Northeast (17.5%).

While cities such as San Francisco are traditionally known for their volume of savvy technology workers, some areas in the South are actually catching up, if not surpassing these leaders. For example, the Austin Chamber of Commerce just announced AustinTechSource, an online talent community designed to attract experienced, out-of-market technology talent. With resources such as this in place, Austin is encouraging their residents to work in the information technology field and bolstering the technology community in their area.

Do these findings come as a surprise to you? If not, what are some of the reasons you think the South has such a large group of D.I.Y. workers? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

  1. Hot Map showing the volume of D.I.Y. app conversations on Twitter:
  2. Dean Kakridas from Austin, TX:
  3. ATX
    His whurleyness talking DIY apps RT @whurley: Apple to Launch App Tools for Non-Geeks http://bit.ly/HN1geh


    Wed, Apr 18 2012 12:46:32


  4. Pablo Blair from Arlington, TX:
  5. AolYCX
    DIY apps: The democratization of the app world


    Sun, Mar 18 2012 17:05:14


  6. Courtney Hanson from Dallas, TX:
  7. courtchanson
    DIY apps that hit the nail on the head http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/diy-apps-that-hit-the-nail-on-the-head.html via @YahooRealEstate


    Mon, Mar 12 2012 18:23:31


  8. Jared Mitchell from Dallas, TX:
  9. jgmitch
    DIY Apps Save Small Businesses Time, Money http://bit.ly/yZOLnO


    Tue, Feb 07 2012 00:24:09


  10. Alex Westerman from Dallas, TX:
  11. alecweslight
    http://cnet.co/HiscDb DIY apps: The democratization of the app world


    Sat, Apr 14 2012 11:24:06


  12. Mike Kunkle from Flower Mound, TX:
  13. Mike_Kunkle
    Via @SmartDataCo DIY Culture: Should Non-IT Employees Be Compensated for Building Apps? http://bit.ly/GUhliC #analytics


    Fri, Mar 23 2012 08:04:19


  14. Highlights from Intuit’s D.I.Y. App survey:

Alex Hastings

Alex manages social media for Intuit QuickBase. Her goal is to help users connect with the QuickBase community and build a constructive discussion around the product.

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