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10. Maryland

2011 Ranking: 10
2010 Ranking: 8

Among the top states for research grants from the National Institutes of Health, Maryland also boasts technological infrastructure, including availability of broadband services that are in the top tier of states.

Maryland is home to a broad range of innovative companies including Broadsoft, a software provider to the telecom industry; Lockheed Martin, an aerospace and defense company; Human Genome Sciences, a pharmaceutical company; and Micros Systems, a hardware and software manufacturer.

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