9. Chicago, Illinois
Sweet Home Chicago. Whether you're renting a building for your new startup or looking for your new home, prices here are rock-bottom when compared to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York City or LA.
The city was designed in such a way that most places are in walking distance to several parks. Not many people think beaches when they think Chicago, but it is actually home to 29 miles of beaches located on Lake Michigan. Combine all this with no personal income taxes and a sports team in virtually every professional sport, suddenly Chicago as a destination for tech pros starts to make a lot of sense.
Professional Sports Teams: The White Sox, the Cubs, the Blackhawks, the Bulls, the Fire, Da Bears, the Wolves and the Sky.