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    2022’s Most And Least Innovative States

    2022’s Most And Least Innovative States

    With the U.S. projected to spend nearly $600 billion on R&D in 2022, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2022’s Most & Least Innovative States, as well as accompanying videos and 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 the share of STEM professionals to R&D spending per capita.

    Most Innovative States

    1. District of Columbia
    2. Massachusetts
    3. Washington
    4. Maryland
    5. Colorado
    6. Virginia
    7. California
    8. Delaware
    9. New Hampshire
    10. Utah

    Least Innovative States

    42. Oklahoma
    43. Kentucky
    44. Iowa
    45. South Dakota
    46. Nebraska
    47. Arkansas
    48. West Virginia
    49. North Dakota
    50. Louisiana
    51. Mississippi

    Key Stats

    • Washington has the highest share of STEM professionals, 10.65 percent, which is three times higher than Mississippi, the lowest at 3.55 percent.
    • The District of Columbia has the highest share of technology companies, 8.19 percent, which is 3.1 times higher than North Dakota, the lowest at 2.62 percent.
    • New Mexico has the highest research and development (R&D) intensity, 7.02 percent, which is 17.6 times higher than Wyoming, the lowest at 0.40 percent.

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

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