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The Best & Worst Metro Areas for Engineers

STEM professions are expected to grow 10.5% over the next decade.

WalletHub recently looked at the top 100 metro areas of the U.S., and used 19 STEM-based metrics to determine the best and worst areas for STEM professionals.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM professions are expected to grow 10.5% over the next decade, which is 3% higher than all other occupations.

Additionally, the report states that the median annual STEM wage is $89,780, compared to $40,020 for all non-STEM occupations.

The metro area with the best overall score is Seattle, followed by Austin, Boston, Madison, Wis., and Minneapolis.

Rounding out the top 10 are Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Orlando.

At the bottom of the list are Jackson, Miss., Deltona, Fla., Little Rock, Memphis, Detroit and Youngstown, Ohio.

The aforementioned 19 metrics were grouped into three categories: Seattle had the top ranking in professional opportunities; Boston led the way in STEM-friendliness; and Dayton, Ohio, which is 45th overall, came out on top in terms of quality of life.

The complete rankings are available at

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