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.