Massachusetts has been ranked #1 among all 50 states and Washington, D.C. as the most-innovative state in America.
In their most recent report -- 2019's Most & Least Innovative States -- the data experts at Wallethub have named Massachusetts as the nation's biggest contributor of "innovation-friendliness." The report ranked each state across a data set that included share of STEM professionals to research and development spending per capita.
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According to Wallethub, the United States will spend $581 billion on research and development in 2019 -- more than any other country in the world and contributing towards nearly 25% of the world's total spending.
For its part, Massachusetts not only ranks #1 overall but also ranks in the top five states in the following categories: Highest Share of STEM professionals, Highest Projected STEM-jobs by 2020, Best Eighth Grade Math & Science Performance, Highest R&D spending per Capita (T-1), and Highest Venture-apital Funding per Capita (T-1).
Massachusetts also ranks well ahead among its fellow New England States overall. Behind the Bay State are New Hampshire (#11), Connecticut (#14), Vermont (#22), Rhode Island (#24) and Maine (#34).
To see where Massachusetts compares to the rest of the country, please scroll the map below:
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