Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

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Kentucky

Kentucky ranked 46th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 3.25 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 0.86%

The state's population (2011): 1.34%

The state's employed (2011): 3.17%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Kentucky was $62,255 in 2011. Chemical engineers were the highest-paid with an average salary of $88,970.

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