Following the string of posts about the HASTAC Scholars I wanted to see the rank of incoming HASTAC Scholars per state in America. I normalized the data by population density in the US so Scholars from outside America are not in this rank. Not surprisingly, North Carolina tops the rank. But perhaps surprisingly, South Carolina barely makes to it.
Texas is also not that much ahead of the other states considering it’s the state with most scholars this year. The normalized data shows the number of scholars relative to the distribution of the US population. The second column shows the absolute numbers of scholars per state, and the third column gives you the population desitity in that state relative to the rest of the country. The demographic data with raw count of Scholars shows high numbers in highly populated areas -- which that is not very useful --, so we divided the number of Scholars by the relative population density to normalize the values in a measure of instensity.
There’s plenty of Canada in the data, but I can’t normalize the data globally so Canadians are unfortunately out of this table. In fact, there are a total of 21 Scholars from Canada. This is the same number of Scholars from Pennsylvania, which is a state that ranks among the top 5 American states by number of Scholars. There is also one Scholar from India, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, South Africa, and United Kingdom. California is actually one of the top-states by number of scholars, only second to Texas, but it’s also the most populous state with over 10% of American population. The chart below gives you the comparison between absolute number of scholars and the normalized figures per American state (click on the chart for a larger view).
It would be nice to look at this data through the years. We’ll get back to that in future posts.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1243622. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.