Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island ranked 36th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state has lost 11.64 percent of its science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 0.28%

The state's population (2011): 2.08%

The state's employed (2011): 3.85%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Rhode Island was $81,446 in 2011. Electronics engineers, not including computer engineers, were the highest-paid with an average salary of $110,190.