Where The Researchers Are | August 26, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 34 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 91 Issue 34 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 26, 2013 | Web Date: August 23, 2013

Where The Researchers Are

Employment: Census data analysis shows U.S. states and metropolitan areas with highest concentrations of scientists and engineers
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: employment, National Science Foundation, report

Most U.S. science and engineering workers are concentrated in just a few states, a National Science Foundation analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows. Half of the nation’s science employees are in nine states.

California, Texas, and New York—the country’s most populous states—together were home to one-quarter of the 5.7 million U.S. scientists and engineers in 2011, the analysis found. The largest proportion of physical scientists in the workforce was found in the Los Angeles, Denver, and Boston metropolitan areas.

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Paul Eckler (August 26, 2013 4:58 PM)
Quality of life seems best in areas with shorelines and mountains. Scientists too prefer to live in such places. Those areas find it easiest to hire the best talent. Still quality universities across the country are centers of technology and innovation. They too can attract employers and scientists. Your state maps seem to reflect those two trends.

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