In the decade leading to 2022, nine million STEM jobs will be added to the US economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These opportunities—in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—have schools working overtime to engage students in STEM fields. As for professionals already working in STEM? The world is their oyster. Thousands of positions are available in cities across the country.

To help job seekers, we’ve identified the top 50 cities for STEM professionals in 2019. Our analysis factors in median STEM salaries, available STEM opportunities, and affordability of various metropolitan areas.

The best cities to start (or continue) a STEM career