Top Five States for Innovation
Are some states more innovative than others? Apparently so according to new data from the Kauffman Foundation. Recently the Kauffman Foundation ranked the top five states for innovation:
1. Utah: Utah has 22.1 patents per million people. The state has one-and-a-half times more patents per million than number two on the list.
2. Oregon: Oregon has 14.4 million patents per million people. David Chen, chairman of the Oregon Innovation Council says that educated young people are drawn to Oregon by “what they perceive to be the lifestyle and culture of the community.”
3. California: California has 11.3 patents per million people. It’s not surprising to see so many patents in the home of Silicon Valley.
4. Massachusetts: Massachusetts has 9.8 patents per million people. Many innovative ideas come from schools like Harvard and MIT, which produce a source of talent and intelligence.
5. Connecticut: Connecticut has 9.4 patents per million people. The state is the location of huge corporations like Xerox and General Electric.
If your state didn’t make the list you can help it make next year’s top five with your innovative ideas!