The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps tabs on how concentrated occupations are in a given area compared to the nation as a whole. Called a location quotient, this metric is one way to look at the most unique occupations in each state. In Maryland, for example, geographers have a location quotient of 11.0. This means the state employs geographers at 11 times the national rate. Enjoy a few of our favorite examples from the states below!

This graphic appeared in the CSG Capitol Ideas magazine (2022, Issue 2). View current and past issues at

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