Top 20 Most Innovative States

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2013-12-19T02:42:33Z

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Digital Bragging Rights

California's tech cred is unmatched. The Golden State is home to many of the world's digital giants, such as Apple and Google, and its startup ecosystem is the envy of entrepreneurs around the globe.

Yet, among the 50 states and District of Columbia, it's not the most innovative.

Bloomberg Rankings recently analyzed each state on several levels, including: the concentration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers; research-and-development spending; the percentage of public tech companies; and patent approvals. Based on those and other factors, we came up with a list of the most innovative states.

Did your state make the top 20? Click on to find out, and to see which one beat out California for the No. 1 spot.

For the complete methodology, click to the last slide.

Sources: Bloomberg, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Science Foundation, U.S. Census, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

(As of November 18)