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Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

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Colorado ranked 6th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 3 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 2.4%

The state's population (2011): 3.21%

The state's employed (2011): 6.7%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Colorado was $81,871 in 2011. Petroleum engineers were the highest-paid with an average salary of $137,030.