The 20 most innovative states in America

See how your state stacks up in terms of its proportion of technology workers, number of approved patents, R&D spending and other innovation indicators.

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Jan 30, 2014 8:40AM
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I'm surprised the District of Columbia isn't on top.  Think of all the innovative lies..
Jan 30, 2014 7:27AM
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since when is the district of Columbia a state??
Jan 29, 2014 1:27PM
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How bout Arkansas, As a resident i've seen this state come up with sooo many innovative ways to remain backwards societally and philosophically.
Jan 30, 2014 8:40AM
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Washington state has been on fire from a technology standpoint for 20 years,


Jan 30, 2014 9:58AM
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Looks like the Blue States win hands down...lol.
Jan 30, 2014 11:36AM
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And to think, this hell-hole state of Alabama where I now reside didn't make the list. I can't imagine why. The good ol' boy system is alive and well, we have Bubba stashing guns and ammo for the next revolution, the average drop out age is 14, the average age for girls to give birth is 16, Montgomery, our capital has about 50% of the city boarded up, Birmingham houses the most active airport that operates between 8-5 with a good portion of the city boarded up, Huntsville has the arsenal with a ton of overpaid government workers pushing paper, and UAH is the MIT of the south. Wow, with all of these things going for it, how could it have possibly missed the list.

 

Oh, I can't forget the interstates. They've been working on the I65/I20 exchange for 20 years and are no closer to completion that they were 20 years ago. I don't know what they're doing in Montgomery on I65, but it's been torn up for at least 15 years. There are pot holes that will swallow your vehicle on I59. The interstates are 4 lane 98% of the way through the state and are in horrible repair. Of course, the governor won't allow the lottery to come into the state to help fund anything and heaven forbid they'd increase property taxes to help fund schools. They do, however, like to increase sales tax. Most cities are between 9 and 10% sales tax, and they tax all food. And our "elected officials" voted themselves a 65% pay increase for working 32 days a year.

Jan 30, 2014 10:18AM
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I went to bed last night and Washington D.C. was still a city.  I wake up this morning and it is the 20th State in the Bloomberg list.  A congress that has hardly done anything but try to keep Obama from success, and over night, in the cover of darkness…they not only have a miracle discussion, but voting in both houses of Congress to make Wash. DC a state????

Jan 29, 2014 12:53PM
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"Innovative"?  Maybe they should "innovate" a way for their states to operate in the black!!!
Jan 30, 2014 8:59AM
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I think its pretty amazing that in my home state  of Massachusetts, close to 1 out of every 8 people (11.84%) holds a science or tech degree. Way to go Bay State !!
Jan 30, 2014 12:24PM
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With all of the Scientific Inventions developed right here in the Good Ole USA why is all of this Research and Development given away so that Japan and China can produce everything and achieve an Economy that is our envy.  SemiConductors were developed by BELL Research, from every dime made on this development 9 cents goes to Japan or China. Our Senators and Congressmen are an EMBARRASMENT to the American people.
Jan 29, 2014 12:16AM
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Most innovative states....?? There are just a few reasons that a state will be in the top twenty.?..Are there a lot of hi-tech companies there?....Do large companies or pharm companies have a R&D lab there?...Are there a lot of large universities there? Does the Fed gov give them lots of grants?......It is just not going to happen for Idaho or Wyoming, no matter what they do....
Jan 30, 2014 9:14AM
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Texas and North Carolina are the only southern states on there and North Carolina's governor, McCrory, seems hell bent on passing legislation that scares away scientists. NC is now at 15 but will probably fall off the list before too long.
Feb 9, 2014 4:08AM
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 "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
   ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006


"PERIOD"
Jan 30, 2014 11:36AM
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Maryland is also very innovative at coming up with insane new taxes to bleed its citizens dry and fuel the politicians' pet projects!  Can I get a woop-woop for Governor O'Malley?
Jan 29, 2014 11:31AM
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Minnesota is number 10 XD

 

not surprised really we deal with healthcare, food, and technology stuff all the time.

 

Mayo Clinic is the best hospital in the WORLD! well maybe not after Obamacare rips into it like a starved lion on crack... but they do a lot of inovation and discovery!. we have a ton of food companies like General mills Land O Lakes, maybe Malt O meal. and Polaris just introduced a new machine!

 

then looking into the past Minnesota has a huge innovation history! first 4x4 articulated tractor "Steiger" first Bobcat Skid Steer "technically fargo but that's just a hop across the river" first personal snowmobile "polaris" Vehicle Track systems "Mattracks" i believe Honeywell came from here as well. Target, and a good number of resteraunts.

Feb 9, 2014 6:58AM
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Amazing how 14 of the 20 most inovative are above the Mason Dixon line.
Jan 30, 2014 12:31PM
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Nice cover photo.  Even though the write-up is about California, the pictured electron microprobe was designed in Minnesota.  Thanks for the publicity.
Jan 30, 2014 8:06AM
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I am surprised Delaware did not come up high, with all the chemical companies and company HQs there.
Feb 9, 2014 11:45AM
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I can't find any political dimwits spewing any tea bag talking points. Is spell check not working? Come on 2 out of 20 states, not surprising. Seems education is key to innovation. Who would believe it? You red states should stop dropping out of school after the 5th grade. For those of you who are as usual blaming us yanks, west coasters,colleges, companies, political preferences, higher educations,( etc, etc) and work ethics for all the ills of the your world. Take a hint from success,,,,,,,,,,,,,, get an education, work smart, believe in progress, check facts, and realize your opinion is not the only truth.
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Feb 9, 2014 2:59PM
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Solidly Democratic high tax California?  Amazing!
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