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    2024’s Most & Least Innovative States

    2024’s Most & Least Innovative States

    WalletHub released its report on 2024’s Most & Least Innovative States, as well as expert commentary.

    There’s a lot of innovation to go around in the states, as in the latest Global Innovation Index, the U.S. ranked third out of 132 countries. 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 25 key metrics. The data set ranges from the share of STEM professionals to R&D spending per capita.

    Most Innovative States                      Least Innovative States

    1. District of Columbia                          42. Nebraska

    2. Massachusetts                                 43. Oklahoma

    3. Washington                                      44. Kentucky

    4. California                                         45. Iowa

    5. Colorado                                          46. Kansas

    6. Maryland                                          47. Arkansas

    7. Virginia                                             48. North Dakota

    8. Delaware                                         49. West Virginia

    9. Utah                                                50. Louisiana

    10. New Jersey                                     51. Mississippi

    Key Statistics

    • The District of Columbia has the highest share of STEM professionals, 3.3 times higher than in Mississippi, the lowest.
    • Delaware has the highest share of technology companies, four times higher than North Dakota, the lowest.
    • New Mexico has the highest research and development (R&D) intensity, which is 13.8 times higher than Louisiana and South Dakota, the lowest.

    To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: 

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