Study: Most & Least Innovative States

Staff Report

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

With the U.S. spending over $600 billion per year on R&D, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Most & Least Innovative States, as well as expert commentary.

In order to give credit to the states that have contributed the most to America’s innovative success, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 22 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of STEM professionals to R&D spending per capita.

Innovation in New York (1=Most Innovative, 25=Avg.):

  • 34th – Share of STEM Professionals

  • 36th – Projected STEM-Job Demand by 2030

  • 37th – Eighth-Grade Math & Science Performance

  • 26th – Share of Science & Engineering Graduates Aged 25+

  • 34th – Share of Technology Companies

  • 19th – R&D Spending per Capita

  • 5th – Venture-Capital Funding per Capita

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