A national survey has determined that Sacramento is among the top 20 U.S. cities for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals.
Other California cities on the list include San Jose (20th), Los Angeles (35th), Bakersfield (62nd), Riverside (83rd), Fresno (87th), Stockton (91st) and Oxnard (92nd). California's capital city ranks 16th overall in a comparison of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas. Using 17 metrics, Sacramento had a score of 57.2, just below San Diego (57.39). The only other city in the state to score higher was San Francisco (12th overall, 60.5).
Overall, California cities accounted for four of the top 20 positions in the ranking by Wallethub.com. (Interactive map below.)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 there were 8.6 million jobs in the field covering science, technology, engineering and math, accounting for 6.2 percent of the nation's workforce.
Sacramento scored well in several metrics, including research and development spending and intensity (fourth); share of best engineering schools (11th); quality of engineering universities (11th); and recreation-friendliness (12th). However, the city struggled in mathematics performance, ranking 85th.
Nationally, Seattle topped the list at 73.6, with Boston, Pittsburgh, Austin and Minneapolis rounding out the top five. Jackson, Miss., brought up the rear with a score of 22.57.
WalletHub, a site specializing in credit reports, used data from several sources for the study, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Center on Education and the Workforce, National Science Foundation, U.S. News & World Report and Salary.com.
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