No. 9: The City of Roses -- Portland, Ore.
Known primarily for its hardware and clean energy-tech industry, Portland's become a burgeoning hotspot for software-related startups. And, although the City of Roses has earned a new nickname, Silicon Forest, tech professionals in Portland will certainly be stopping to smell the roses thanks to an 8.8 percent increase in year-over-year average salary growth, from $82,055 in 2011 to $89,291 in 2012, which places Portland in the No. 9 slot.