Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

Photograph by Michael Lawrence 

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Delaware ranked 17th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 19.34 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 0.39%

The state's population (2011): 2.52%

The state's employed (2011): 6.63%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Delaware was $79,716 in 2011. Software developers and those in systems software were the highest-paid with an average salary of $103,290.