Left-Brainiest States of the Union

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2013-05-14T14:41:54Z

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North Dakota

North Dakota tied for 40th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 43.72 percent since 2001.

The ranking was based on STEM professionals as a percentage of:

Those nationwide (2012): 0.23%

The state's population (2011): 1.65%

The state's employed (2011): 4.28%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in North Dakota was $60,604 in 2011. Electrical engineers were the highest-paid with an average salary of $78,810.