Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

Photograph by Walter Bibikow

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Arkansas tied for 48th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics  jobs has increased 28.08 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 0.52%

The state's population (2011): 0.97%

The state's employed (2011): 2.91%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Arkansas was $61,384 in 2011. Computer hardware engineers were the highest-paid with an average salary of $83,290.