Do you ever wonder how big .NET and Python communities are? I’m working on an article about Python and .NET and this comparison definately came to mind. So I did some research on meetup.com.
I chose seven locations:
- Chicago, IL
- Los Angeles, CA
- New York, NY
- Seattle, WA
- Portland, OR
- San Francisco, CA
- Silicon Valley, CA
And did a search for meetups on .NET and on Python. Here is a graph of the results:
There are definitely locations where .NET is more popular. LA has 1,292 .NET devs vs 918 Python devs. Chicago has 588 .NET devs vs 266 Python devs. But the general trend is Python significantly outpacing .NET. San Francisco has 3,820 Python devs vs 1010 .NET devs. New York has a whopping 4,503 Python devs vs 1,116 .NET devs!
In my home town of Portland, OR we have 1,146 Python devs. I don’t have any data on .NET, sorry that is missing. But Portland is notable that because we have a larger Python community than LA, Chicago, and Seattle even though all three are much larger than Portland and LA is over 4 times as populous.
Finally, it probably won’t surprise you that Python is more popular in Silicon Valley. But it is kind of shocking to see it 28 times more popular.
You can download the spreadsheet I used to make this graph and tweak it with your own data if you wish: