Boulder ranked nationally for 'brainpower' jobs: Pueblo near bottom

PUEBLO, Colo. - Boulder and Pueblo may only be about 145 miles away from each other, but Boulder and Pueblo are at opposite ends when it comes to residents working in science, technology and engineering jobs.

The 2016 Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index ranks cities based on per-capita concentration of residents working in science, technology and engineering occupations or who have science and engineering college degrees or post-graduate degrees.

Boulder topped the list. The University of Colorado and the city’s history of being a tech incubator helped it beat out San Jose, Calif.

“The public-sector presence contributed to the brains,” said Clif Harald, executive director of the Boulder Economic Council.

Brain-concentration metro areas

  1. Boulder, Colorado
  2. San Jose, California
  3. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  4. Ithaca, New York
  5. Washington, D.C.

On the other side, Pueblo took the second spot on the list of least tech-job friendly cities.

Cumberland, Maryland, a small town tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains was the biggest "brain drain.". The area is known for its coal-mining and manufacturing center – two sectors which have seen a dramatic reduction in jobs.

“We are no longer defining ourselves as what we used to be,” said Shawn Hershberger, executive director of the Cumberland Economic Development Corp., which has worked to attract technology and tourism employers.

Brain-drain metro areas

  1. Cumberland, Maryland
  2. Pueblo, Colorado
  3. Valdosta, Georgia
  4. Goldsboro, North Carolina
  5. Muskegon, Michigan

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