Here are the 5 states where AI jobs are growing the fastest —and California's not one of them

  • A ZipRecruiter report found that at the start of 2020, the 5 states with the fastest growth in jobs related to AI were: Colorado, Utah, Virginia, Texas, and Arizona.

  • These 5 states saw a 93% increase in AI-related job postings from 2018 to the start of 2020.

  • At the start of 2020, more than 90% of AI-related jobs were in California, Washington, New York, and Massachussetts. The number of new AI job postings in these 4 states, on the other hand, only increased by 35% from 2018 to 2020.

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The number of new jobs in AI keeps growing, and the most growth isn't coming in Silicon Valley.

A new ZipRecruiter report reveals that jobs related to AI increased by 93% from 2018 to 2020 in Colorado, Utah, Virginia, Arizona, and Texas.

ZipRecruiter estimates that California's notoriously high income taxes and cost of living might be pushing people — and AI jobs — to lower-cost states. California lost 691,000 residents and New York lost 458,014 in 2018, according to Census data.

The vast majority of jobs in AI — more than 90% — were in California, Washington, New York, and Massachussetts, in that order, but the overall growth in the space was just 35% from 2018 to 2020.

Here are the 5 states that are seeing the largest increase in AI jobs heading into 2020:

1. Colorado has the third-highest concentration of college graduates among all states.

AI-related jobs per 100 ZipRecruiter postings: 4.8

Share of population over 25 and with a bachelor's degree: 40%

Rate of job growth from 2017 to 2019: 6.9%

Net migration per 1,000 residents: 7.6

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2. Utah had the fastest job growth of any state between 2018 to 2020.

AI-related jobs per 100 ZipRecruiter postings: 5.2

Share of population over 25 and with a bachelor's degree: 32.4

Rate of job growth from 2017 to 2019: 10.1%

Net migration per 1,000 residents: 5.08

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3. Virginia is one of 2 states with the fastest-growing number of chatbot-related AI jobs.

AI-related jobs per 100 ZipRecruiter postings: 6.2

Share of population over 25 and with a bachelor's degree: 38.1%

Rate of job growth from 2017 to 2019: 2.9%

Net migration per 1,000 residents: -1.15

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4. Texas is rapidly increasing the number of drone-related AI jobs.

AI-related jobs per 100 ZipRecruiter postings: 4.7

Share of population over 25 and with a bachelor's degree: 28.9%

Rate of job growth from 2017 to 2019: 7.2%

Net migration per 1,000 residents: 2.88

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5. Arizona had the third-fastest job growth from 2018 to 2020 among all states.

AI-related jobs per 100 ZipRecruiter postings: 4.3

Share of population over 25 and with a bachelor's degree: 28.7%

Rate of job growth from 2017 to 2019: 8.6%

Net migration per 1,000 residents: 11.6

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