Harvey Nash appeared in The Business Journals’ article “Which cities are best for diversity in STEM?” on December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017

While some cities have thriving science, technology, engineering and math sectors, the local workforce may be lacking in diversity.

Personal finance company SmartAsset identified the cities with the best diversity in STEM fields. SmartAsset analyzed data from the 50 cities with the largest STEM workforces and compared them across racial and gender diversity metrics.

Philadelphia ranked No. 1 and scored high in both categories. Women make up 33 percent of the STEM workforce, the fourth-highest in the study, and 18 percent of STEM employees are African American, the third-highest in the top 10.

Here are the top cities behind Philadelphia:

2. Charlotte, N.C.

3. Sacramento

4. New York

5. Oakland, Calif.

6. Chicago

7. Houston

8. Los Angeles

9. San Francisco

10. Washington, D.C.

See the full list here.

Charlotte has the most racially diverse STEM workforce – about 19 percent of staffers are African American, 28 percent are Asian, and less than 5 percent are Hispanic. However, the city’s tech scene is dominated by men, which hurt Charlotte’s overall score.

Across the cities in SmartAsset’s study, women make up an average of 26.4 percent of STEM jobs in each location.

Nearly all women in tech – 94 percent – feel women are underrepresented in the sector, and 67 percent of men feel the same way, according to the 2017 Women in Technology report from IT consulting company Harvey Nash.

The report found that 69 percent of both men and women believe the key to hiring more women in the industry is encouraging girls in high school and college to study STEM subjects.

Jen Crozier, president of the IBM Foundation and Vice President of IBM Corporate Citizenship, said girls should have early exposure to tech so it becomes part of their identity as they grow older, HuffPost reported.

“We need to start early in terms of identity and building skills,” Crozier said, per HuffPost. “We know how important it is to have a full pipeline with people with the right skills for the future.”

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