Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

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New Mexico

New Mexico ranked 23rd in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 16.36 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 0.68%

The state's population (2011): 1.98%

The state's employed (2011): 5.52%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in New Mexico was $76,058 in 2011. Materials scientists were the highest-paid with an average salary of $115,430.