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Press Release 13-146
Recent NSF study reveals regional concentration of scientists and engineers in the United States

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California, Texas and New York account for more than a fourth of U.S. scientists and engineers.
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August 19, 2013

According to a recently published report by the National Science Foundation, science and engineering (S&E) employment in the United States is geographically concentrated in a small number of states. Further, several major metropolitan areas within these states account for the highest S&E employment.

California, Texas, and New York together accounted for more than one-fourth of all S&E employment. The states of Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Massachusetts and Ohio accounted for almost another one-fourth. Areas surrounding the cities of Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Diego, all in California, and the areas around New York City and Houston together accounted for one in 10 S&E employees nationwide.

S&E expertise is an integral part of a region's capacity to innovate because of the scientists' and engineers' high skill levels, creative ideas and contributions to scientific knowledge and to research and development.

For more information on this report, please contact Beethika Khan.

Please visit the NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics for more reports and other products.

-NSF-

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Deborah Wing, NSF, (703) 292-5344, dwing@nsf.gov

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Beethika Khan, NSF, (703) 292-4669, bkhan@nsf.gov

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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