A location quotient measures how concentrated an occupation is in a geographic area compared with the nation. For example, the location quotient for political scientists in the District of Columbia was 119.2 in May 2016. That means the nation’s capital employed political scientists at 119 times the national rate!
Location quotients provide insight into the jobs that are common in a state or area. For example, the occupation with the highest concentration in New York is fashion designers, with a location quotient of 6.1. In Nevada, gaming service workers (33.6) have the highest location quotient.