RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Tech trade group CompTIA’s second annual “Tech Town” report has plenty of positive things to report about Raleigh, ranking it No. 2 for the second year – this time just behind Austin. Charlotte was No. 1 last year but fell to No. 6 this year.

Here’s what CompTIA’s report says about Raleigh:

Raleigh tech job market at-a-glance in CompTIA report.

“Raleigh’s unique economy continues to attract technology professionals looking for something new. Home to companies specializing in tech and biotech, as well as a large medical industry, the Raleigh metro area holds its no. 2 place on our Tech Town list. Surrounded by research universities, innovative talent is readily available—and best of all, you don’t have to empty your savings to put down roots here.

“The cost of living in Raleigh is 4.6% lower than the national average, and workers here get paid about $3,582 more each year—adding up to a median salary of $91,859 for IT pros. That means an IT pro’s paycheck allows for a better quality of life that, in Raleigh, could include its growing music and art scene, world-class theatres and museums, and proximity to serene beaches and mountains. And living in a metropolitan city that oozes Southern charm means that genuine hospitality is a staple of the laid-back lifestyle here.

“Home to cloud tech firm Pendo, which recently joined the “unicorn” ranks with other North Carolina startups like Epic Games and Prometheus Group, job growth in Raleigh is in the cards. IT jobs are expected to grow by 3% over the next year and 9% within the next 5 years—and the city is ready.

“The City of Oaks is currently building Raleigh Crossing, a massive new mixed-used development downtown. In fact, Pendo will be recognized as the building’s signature tenant—just one example of how the future of Raleigh is being shaped by its tech-savvy talent.”

Raleigh is No. 2 ‘Tech Town’ in US behind Austin; Durham ranks 13th