(NATIONAL) -- Innovation
is a principal driver of U.S. economic growth. In 2018, the U.S. will
spend an estimated $553
research and development — more than any other country in the
world and over 25% of the world’s total — helping
No. 4 on the Global
to the results of the ranking, knowledge and technology outputs are
America’s particular strengths.
certain states deserve more credit than others for America’s
dominance in the tech era. These states continue to grow innovation
through investments in education, research and business creation,
especially in highly specialized industries.
define which states are the nation’s biggest contributors, the
busy bees over at WalletHub compared the 50 states
District of Columbia across 22 key indicators of
data set ranges from share of STEM professionals to R&D
per capita to tech-company density.
out that our state of Washington ranks in the Top 5 (#3) in the
country in leading the nation in innovation.
a look at our strengths in innovation from that study:
in Washington (1
2nd – Share of STEM
3rd – Projected STEM-Job Demand by
20th – Eighth-Grade Math &
3rd – Share of Science &
Engineering Graduates Aged 25+
12th – Share of Technology Companies
7th – R&D
Spending per Capita
6th – Venture-Capital
Funding per Capita
the full report,