Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

Photograph by Carolyn Cochrane

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New Jersey

New Jersey ranked 10th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 0.15 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 3%

The state's population (2011): 2.39%

The state's employed (2011): 5.08%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in New Jersey was $85,754 in 2011. Mathematicians were the highest-paid with an average salary of $136,760.