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Data Science Central is one of the largest communities of analysts and data scientists in the world. We set about analyzing our database to understand a little bit more about the data scientist community. This is part of our continuing effort to give more insight into the data science industry.

Here is the distribution of members for the Top 50 locations in the US. The markers in the map show relative density of members. For e.g. Chicago has 423 members & is represented by a Red marker.

Geographic distribution of DSC members in US (for those who provide their Zip-code) 

We also correlated our data with external job posting sites such as Indeed.com. We find that the overlap between our community and the larger market for data scientists jobs is strong. The below chart shows about 1400 open job postings with “Data Scientists” in the job title. We have shown the top 13 locations representing about nearly half of the total population. As suspected New York & San Francisco / Bay Area are the top clusters for data scientists which also jives with our membership figures.

In the top 50 locations from the Data Science Central membership database, we found a strong cluster in the San Francisco – Silicon Valley – Bay area. When we group all of these locations together, we find that there are more than a 1,000 members of the top 50 locations in this area. This is by far the largest cluster of data scientists & does not include places like Los Altos and Pleasanton which are in the bay area but did not make it to the Top 50 locations. We find that these patterns are also being strong in the Indeed data as well.

Concentrations around the country included the Austin – Dallas – Houston area, the Washington DC, Philadelphia area & the Los Angeles-Irvine-San Diego belt. Other notable city specific pockets of data scientists included Boston, Seattle, Atlanta & Chicago.

What do you all think? Any key areas you think we are missing that we needed to focus more on?

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Comment by Ananda Sagar Kommaluri on April 26, 2016 at 10:04pm

Interesting analysis

Comment by Autumn Card on May 16, 2015 at 8:32pm

No ! Alaska ? I guess we are not a part of the Lower 48 - We should be our own Country.Leave us to defend Japan and Russia !! 

Comment by A Ghorbani on March 18, 2015 at 9:18am

Very interesting! great job!

Something like this would also be interesting for Europe.

Comment by Tomas Hudik on March 9, 2015 at 7:03am

looks like there are no data science people outside usa .... :)

Comment by Livan Alonso on February 22, 2015 at 7:05am

Here is a map showing wider dataset distribution of DataScienceCentral members in US (I will work on getting smoother contour level map)

Comment by Vincent Granville on February 21, 2015 at 8:35pm

Thanks Livan. If you can do a breakdown of job titles by gender, age, location, and education, that would be terrific, as this is not addressed in this analysis. Maybe even compare job titles - IBM versus Microsoft versus Google.

Comment by Livan Alonso on February 21, 2015 at 7:01pm

I was doing that analysis some time ago (I have already the inhabitants data), so I will make the map. It sounds interesting.

Comment by Vincent Granville on February 21, 2015 at 11:44am

What would be interesting to see is the density of data scientists per 1,000 inhabitants, broken down by location (or on a map, with contour levels). I know Los Angeles is well below average, and the Bay Area well above average. Or what about the data scientist density per square mile?

Comment by Doug Needham on February 21, 2015 at 10:55am

I would be interested in connecting with people in the Data Science community in Houston, TX. I am originally from there, and would like to hear about the types of data science work people are doing there.

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