Way before the Googleplex or even the multiplex, there was the Metroplex.

The Dallas/Fort Worth area, a low-key tech hub for decades, is now among the most “cutting-edge” cities in the United States, according to a recent report.

Dallas ranks No. 17 on CommercialCafe’s tally, which counted green building practices, electric-vehicle charging stations, bike-sharing, broadband availability and technology jobs.

Here’s what the report said about the Dallas area:

  • 20.19% of businesses here are startups – the 3rd highest percentage in the country, surpassed only by Austin and Salt Lake City;
  • Almost 90% of households here have broadband access – among the highest percentages in the U.S.;
  • 7.52% of the jobs in the DFW metro area are in tech or green tech, lower than Austin’s 9.52%;
  • The metro also got good scores for its share of green buildings, with 17 Energy Star buildings per 100,000 residents.

Find the full report here and see how Dallas stacks up against other “cutting-edge” cities below.


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