Which states are leading the country in innovation by attracting educated and highly skilled workers, funding their research, and producing world-leading tech companies?

Schematics-2President Obama’s State of the Union speech unveiled a national competitiveness strategy that begins in Washington. But Washington can only help so much. It’s up to each of the 50 states themselves to create their own plans to innovate and grow.

Which states are leading the country in innovation by attracting educated and highly skilled workers, funding their research, and producing world-leading tech companies? To answer that question, the Milken Institute produced the 2011 State Technology and Science Index, which grades each state according to about 80 indicators, including research and development funding, the education and skill level of the workforce, and the percent of companies in high-tech categories.

Here are the top ten states:

10 – Delaware
9 – Connecticut
8 – Virginia
7 – New Hampshire
6 – Washington
5 – Utah
4 – California
3 – Colorado
2 – Maryland
1 – Massachusetts

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Source: The Atlantic