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More STEM degree holders reside in Los Angeles than anywhere else in Southern California

  • ​Los Angeles boasts the most STEM degree holders in Southern California, up 15.0 percent over the last five years.  It also boasts the greatest absolute gain, adding nearly 60,000 degree holders in that time, well ahead of the 35,000 STEM degrees added in San Diego (the second-largest gainer).
  • Los Angeles’ evolving media industry is adopting more technologies and tapping into engineering talent to remain competitive. In addition, new hardware and aerospace developments are driving innovation locally, and STEM degree holders are more valuable than ever.
  • Surprisingly, the Inland Empire recorded the greatest percent increase in STEM degree holders in Southern California, with a 22.7 percent jump in the last five years. It only touts two-thirds of the number of degree holders than the next largest STEM degree market, San Diego, but the number will continue to rise there as it will throughout the country. The innovation economy is here to stay, and STEM degrees will be valuable in any market. ​​

Source: JLL Research

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