Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

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Iowa ranked 35th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 23.6 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 0.87%

The state's population (2011): 1.62%

The state's employed (2011): 3.95%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Iowa was $64,275 in 2011. Computer hardware engineers were the highest-paid with an average salary of $105,380.