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Top 20 Most Innovative States

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

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15. North Carolina

North Carolina ranked as the 15th most innovative state, based on these factors:

STEM professionals as a percentage of state population:

1.75%

Science and tech degree holders as a percentage of state population:

6.62%

Utility patents granted as a percentage of U.S. total:

2.46%

State government R&D spending as a percentage of U.S. total:

2.11%

Gross state product per employed person:

$92,120

Three-year change in productivity:

0.08%

Public tech companies as a percentage of all public companies based in the state:

18.93%

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