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A new report by NerdWallet ranks the Seattle region second in the nation for people in science, technology engineering and math (STEM) fields, taking into account factors including wages, rent and the relative availability of science and tech jobs.

So who’s number one? San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, Calif. (a.k.a. Silicon Valley) take the top spot with help fro an annual mean wage of more than $111,745 for STEM jobs, ahead of the $95,731 mean wage registered by the Seattle region.

San Francisco boasts a six-figure mean wage for STEM jobs, $101,280, but the city’s overall score is hurt by factors including a median gross rent of $1,399, compared with $1,079 in Seattle. That puts San Francisco in fifth place in the overall rankings.

Check out the full report here, and see the chart below for more.

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  • Right

    Laughable! Has anyone ever wondered WHY the rent in SF is so high lately? Because tech folks believe it’s really the number one place to be, perhaps?

    • Kevin McCarthy

      Of course demand plays a factor, but San Francisco’s bureaucratic oversight of new housing development (constraining supply) is the real problem there IMHO.
      Something like 300 housing units were created last year, while tens of thousands of jobs were created.

    • Douglas Crets

      Because SF zoning laws stretching back to before the Great Fire 1906 forbid increasing housing levels.

  • David H

    This is Laughable! Lumping SF with the suburban towns as San Mateo and Redwood City. San Mateo and Redwood City have more in common with San Jose/Sunnyvale than they are with San Francisco. They have absolutely nothing to do with San Francisco. It would make a lot more sense to have San Francisco/Oakland.

    • Rich Unger

      I think it’s ridiculous to have 2 separate entries for the bay area. It’s all within commuting distance of each other. If you’re lumping Seattle and Redmond together, you should do the same with SF and Mountain View.

  • VL

    And these are pre-tax numbers too

  • Carrie

    The median rent is $1000 in Seattle and $1300 in San Fran? Hmm. That’s got to be a low estimate.

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