Georgia’s app development industry boasts some impressive statistics. The number of app developers in the state has nearly doubled in the four years following 2010. In 2014 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 20,370 application developers working in Georgia, earning an average salary of $91,390 per year.
Going forward, Georgia’s app developers are expected to grow by another 24 percent in the decade leading up to 2022 – much higher than the state’s average job growth rate. That’s according to the Georgia Department of Labor, which translates that number as meaning 490 job openings yearly.
A 2012 report released by CTIA The Wireless Association concluded that Georgia’s app industry has an economic impact of $1.06 billion. That figure has no doubt grown since, and should not be surprising in light of recent FCC statistics that show there are more than 5.6 million smartphones and other mobile wireless devices in circulation throughout the state. There are only six other states whose app industry has a higher economic impact than Georgia’s.
Growth Leading Up to Georgia’s App Industry Boom
The explosion in Georgia’s app industry can be explained by the trending growth of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, made possible by expanding wireless network coverage and speed. Aside from limited coverage in the Okefenokee Swamp, today most Georgia residents have a choice of at least four wireless service providers. Up to 60 percent of Georgia’s rural residents have access to internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps, according to a report issued by White House agencies in 2013.
This fertile ground has been laid by wireless companies over time. According to the FCC Georgia had 2.87 million residential internet connections in 2009. By 2013 that number had more than doubled to 7.48 million. In its most recent report released in 2015, the FCC calculated that today 72.2 percent of Georgians use a broadband connection to surf the web.