This award recognizes the top communities in the United States demonstrating exceptional dedication to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
This spring, the pandemic brought the importance of innovation in STEM to the forefront of the national conversation. From social distancing and safe reopening measures to personal protective equipment (PPE) and mathematical models projecting case counts over time, it’s clear that developments in science, technology, engineering, and math are foundational to public health and safety.
In fact, the United States has come a long way with respect to progress in STEM. Research at private companies, government institutions, and universities has continued to shape and improve our lives, from breakthroughs in medicine or cybersecurity to an ever-growing wealth of accessible information on the internet. There’s no doubt that STEM plays an integral role in our lives. STEM has shifted priorities in education as well, and there is an ever-increasing emphasis on the importance of an education in science and math. In colleges across the country, more and more students are gravitating towards degrees in STEM-related fields such as medicine, computer science, and engineering.
To recognize the communities across our country who demonstrate exceptional dedication to science, technology, engineering, and math, the data scientists at Insurify identified the top city in each state for STEM, based on the criteria outlined below.
Selection Process for Insurify’s 2020 Top STEM Cities Awards
The data science team at Insurify, a website to compare homeowners insurance, analyzed both proprietary and publicly-accessible data to determine the top STEM city in each state. Referring to their database of 2 million insurance applications, Insurify’s data scientists identified cities with the highest proportion of residents in STEM-based careers. Then, they compiled data from Niche on the colleges and graduate schools with the best programs in STEM, as well as the best cities for women in tech according to SmartAsset.
From this data, Insurify’s data scientists calculated a composite score for each city. The city with the highest score in each state was selected.
Best Cities for STEM Jobs
These are the best cities in each state to find STEM jobs in 2021, due to their share of residents in STEM careers, college and graduate school STEM programs, and 'Best Cities for Women in STEM' rating from SmartAsset.
Winners of Insurify’s 2020 Top STEM Cities Awards
Arkansas: Little Rock
California: Long Beach
Connecticut: New London
Iowa: Iowa City
Louisiana: Baton Rouge
Maryland: College Park
Minnesota: Saint Cloud
North Carolina: Durham
North Dakota: Grand Forks
New Hampshire: Manchester
New Jersey: Piscataway
New Mexico: Albuquerque
New York: Albany
Rhode Island: Pawtucket
South Carolina: Columbia
South Dakota: Rapid City
Wisconsin: La Crosse
West Virginia: Huntington
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