No. 8: Minneapolis, Minn.
Serving as the headquarters for the world's largest electronics store, Best Buy, Minneapolis also plays home to retail giant Target and a number of health care technology companies, such as UnitedHealth Group, nestled in nearby Minnetonka. And, with low rent and low cost of living, tech pros in Minneapolis were sure to feel the 9.4 percent increase in year-over-year average salary growth from $80,767 in 2011 to $88,375 in 2012, landing Minneapolis on the No. 8 spot on Dice's list.