There is no question that jobs in STEM are the way of the future. But are the cities across the country keeping up with the times? Check out this list of the best, and the worst, cities for STEM professionals and see if it’s time to move – or are you right where you belong?
How The Cities Were Chosen
Simply put, the largest 100 cities across America were measured against 17 key metrics across two major dimensions, Professional STEM Opportunities, and STEM-Friendly Environments.
The key metrics were given weighted points. Each city was then scored based on its weighted average across all of the metrics.
These scores then determined the rank of each major city. If you’d like to take a deeper look into the study, check out wallethub.com here.
In The Top Spot
Seattle, Washington comes in at number 1 in the country as being the best city in the country for STEM professionals. With a total score of 66.35, Seattle is considered to be part of the upper echelon of cities with the highest percentage of workforce in STEM jobs, the highest quality of engineering universities, and the highest annual median wage growth for STEM workers.
Now don’t start packing your bags to move just yet. While Seattle edged out the competition, there are a lot of front-runners that deserve honorable mentions.
The Top 15:
- San Jose, CA
San Jose actually took the category of highest percentage of workforce in STEM and came in top 5 in the category of highest annual median wage growth for STEM workers. Way to go San Jose!
- San Francisco, CA
Listen up all you college kids majoring in STEM fields, San Francisco is the place to be if you want the highest quality of engineering universities.
- Boston, MA
While Boston wasn’t the leader in any of the categories, they still ranked in the top 5 for the highest math performance and the highest percentage of workforce in STEM. That’s not too shabby.
- Springfield, MA
Sadly for the great state of Massachusetts, Springfield didn’t carry any of the categories either. What they did do is come in top 5 in the categories of, highest STEM employment growth, highest math performance, and highest annual median wage growth for STEM workers.
- Austin, TX
Austin brought out the big guns to place fourth in the category of highest percentage of workforce in STEM and third in the category of highest quality of engineering universities.
- Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN
They must be raising them smart in Minneapolis for them to rank fourth in the category of highest math performance, which snagged them the seventh spot in the overall rankings.
- Atlanta, GA
Georgia has a lot more than peaches to show off now! Atlanta placed second in the category of highest quality of engineering universities.
- Washington D.C./Arlington, VA
Is it really any wonder that D.C. made the list? Washington/Arlington take home the rank of number two in the category of highest percentage of workforce in STEM.
- Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania has a lot to be proud of with two of their cities making into the top 12 of the overall rankings. Pittsburgh brought it home by ranking top five in the category of highest quality of engineering universities.
- Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City is sitting pretty in 11th place, just barely missing the top 10 by .11 with a score of 55.57!
- Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA
Pennsylvania’s second city that ranked within the top 15 is Harrisburg-Carlisle with a total score of 54.49.
- Denver, CO
The areas of Denver, Aurora, and Lakewood Colorado are feeling proud today as they grab the rank of 11 in the area of Professional Opportunities and the rank of 12 in the area of STEM-Friendly Environment. That gives them the 13th spot overall.
- Cincinnati, OH
High five to Cincinnati for grabbing the fourth spot in the category of highest housing affordability!
- Albany, NY
Rounding out the top 15 cities in the US for STEM professionals is Albany, NY. Congratulations on a great ranking!
The Bottom 5
They may not have done well in these rankings but they are all awesome just the same!
- Honolulu, HI
You may be in the bottom five Honolulu, but you are at the top when it comes to paradise!
- Cape Coral/Fort Myers, FL
It’s ok Cape Coral, you are where the STEM professionals will go for vacation with nothing but love in their hearts.
- Memphis, TN
You all worry about the barbecue and let Seattle handle the STEM professionals. It’s a solid trade!
- Daytona Beach, FL
You already have the International Speedway, you don’t need to win this too.
- McAllen, TX
You can’t be the best at everything McAllen!
- Jackson, MS
We still love you, Jackson!