STEM talents are in great demand nowadays, and that trend shows no sign to cease. Studies show that STEM professions--those in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics field-- will keep driving the U.S. economy upward. And STEM professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020, according to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As more people hope to enter the filed, Wallethub staffer Richie Bernardo analyzes data of 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S. and highlights the 10 best and worst metros for STEM professionals.

Bernardo's analysis depends on 16 key metrics, ranging from per-capita job openings for STEM graduates to annual median wage growth for STEM jobs to the projected demand for STEM workers in 2020. Apart from that, qualities of STEM majors in local universities are also taken into consideration.

Ten best metros for STEM workers are: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., Austin-Round Rock, Texas, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash., Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo., Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis., Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H., Madison, Wis., Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Columbus, Ohio.

Ten metros that these talents should avoid are: North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla., Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla., Jackson, Miss., Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif., Urban Honolulu, Hawaii, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla., Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev..

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