Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

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Virginia ranked 1st in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 21.42 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 4.33%

The state's population (2011): 3.1%

The state's employed (2011): 7.69%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Virginia was $89,223 in 2011. Petroleum engineers were the highest-paid with an average salary of $154,810.