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Stockton and Sacramento Break the Mold in STEM Diversity
July 24, 2015
Stockton finds itself ranked second in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workplace diversity by cities, according to a study conducted by SmartAsset, a financial technology company.
Stockton’s STEM workforce does not have any ethnic group that makes up more than 40 percent of its STEM workforce. In fact, more than 65 percent of Stockton’s STEM workforce is made up of Asian, Latino and African American communities whereas 29 percent are Caucasian.
Researchers report that this is good news for San Joaquin’s growing tech economy.
Diversity and a larger female workforce in STEM jobs separates San Joaquin County, also known as Greater Silicon Valley, from the rest of the country. Stockton’s neighbor Sacramento is ranked third on the list. Memphis is first on the list.
In what has been described as a national issue by Census data, Stockton is helping lead the way in workplace diversity. Their workplace diversity in STEM provides additional reasons for large companies and startups alike to consider moving east.