New Hampshire is an attractive place to work as an app developer. According to the state’s Employment Security, Economic, and Labor Market Information Bureau, between 2012 and 2022 New Hampshire will experience an average job growth rate of 10.3 percent. Over this same period app developers are also projected to experience growth, albeit at the much higher rate – nearly threefold – of 28 percent with 200 annual job openings each year over that decade.
Besides robust job growth, app developers in New Hampshire also earn a higher-than-average yearly mean salary compared with their counterparts in other states, calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to be $92,130 in 2014. There are several factors behind these competitive job growth and salary figures.
New Hampshire’s App Industry Growth
New Hampshire’s app industry boasts some impressive statistics. The wireless communication industry trade group CTIA estimates that New Hampshire’s app industry generates $49 million each year. Today the FCC reports there are at least 691,000 smartphones and other mobile wireless devices in circulation throughout the state. The most recent available figures from the US Census show that over 45 percent of New Hampshire residents are connected to the internet at home and somewhere else.
New Hampshire’s current app boom can be understood in terms of these numbers, which indicate a strong surge in the growth of mobile devices that use apps. However the underlying factors that made mobile devices possible lie with innovations to the state’s internet speed and area of coverage.
In 2009 there were just 455,000 residential internet connections in New Hampshire according to a report released by the FCC. By the start of 2014 that number had grown to 1.04 million, with coverage and speed having also increased.
While those living around the White Mountain National Forest as well as the northern portions of the state may have trouble finding a wireless connection, there are at least four wireless providers serving the state’s population centers throughout most of the rest of New Hampshire. In fact, according to a report released by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, up to 80 percent of rural New Hampshire residents have access to broadband internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps. That is backed up by the FCC’s most recent report that shows 80.9 percent of all New Hampshire residents access the web with a broadband connection – the highest percentage of all states in the nation.