If you’ve ever wondered what makes your city unique, perhaps architecture, cuisine and lifestyle came to mind. With today’s proliferation of data, we can also understand the skill sets that make cities unique, and it provides a fascinating view into local economies. Professional networking platform LinkedIn looked at its users’ profiles in the top 10 U.S. metro areas, and for each region, found the skills that appear more often there compared with national averages.
To see the top five skills that make each region unique, open the gallery below.
In Chicago, many professionals have criminal law skills. The region has the sixth highest concentration of lawyers in the U.S., and it’s home to six law schools. The Windy City made headlines last year for a sharp rise in murders, but it’s hard to tell if that trend has affected the number of people pursuing criminal law. In 2016 Chicago ranked 13th among major cities in overall crime rate, and 6th in violent crime, according to data from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s law school. In Atlanta, criminal law also stood out as a commonly held skill.
Many in Dallas have aviation skills. And where do those people work? Lockheed Martin has a Dallas office with 2,800 employees who work on defense and space systems. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing also has a Dallas outpost. Two major airlines, Southwest and American, have their headquarters in the region.