A National Science Foundation report tells which states have built cutting-edge economies.
Could Delaware, that plain-Jane, highway-rest-stop-sized sliver of the map, secretly have the most high-tech economy of any U.S. state? Judging by one important measure, it just might.
Every two years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) releases a wide-ranging assessment of America’s science and technology sector, including a state-by-state breakdown of everything from patents issued to engineers employed. Nestled in the data is a single statistic that I’ve used to rank which state economies are most tech-centric: the percentage of their business establishments that are part of a high-technology industry.
Ten Best States Ten Worst States
- Delaware North Dakota
- Colorado South Dakota
- Virginia Iowa
- Maryland Mississippi
- New Jersey West Virginia
- Massachusetts Nebraska
- California Maine
- Nevada Kentucky
- Utah Alabama
- Texas Tennessee
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Source: Jordan Weissmann | The Atlantic