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Dallas makes the grade as No. 9 best U.S. city for diversity in STEM

Dallas makes the grade as No. 9 best U.S. city for diversity in STEM

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Dallas ranks among the top markets with most diverse STEM workforce.  High-Tech High Heels/Facebook

Dallas has long been known as a melting pot, but a recent study has shown that this diversity translates to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics industry.

SmartAsset studied the demographics within STEM employment in 35 technology hubs in the United States. The company factored in racial, ethnic, and gender diversity using Census Bureau's 2017 one-year American Community Survey data and the Shannon index.

As a result of the research, Dallas was named the No. 9 market for diversity among the tech hubs considered.

"Dallas has a STEM workforce that is approximately 18 percent black and 45 percent white," the report says. "Approximately 20 percent of the STEM workforce in Dallas is Asian and about 15 percent is Latino or Hispanic."

Dallas has some room for improvement when it comes to gender diversity, the study found. Only 24 percent of Dallas' STEM workforce are women, "the lowest rate for this metric in the top 10 and fourth-lowest in the study," the authors say.

Houston was the only other Texas city to appear on the top-list, landing ahead of Dallas at No. 6. (Somewhat surprisingly, tech-savvy Austin did not make it.)

Washington D.C. claimed the top spot for STEM diversity after jumping from 10th place on last year's report. 


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