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Top 10 States for Technology & Innovation

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Top 10 States for Technology & Innovation

In our annual CNBC rankings of "America's Top States for Business," our Technology & Innovation category is among the most important measures of success.

States like to promote themselves as fertile ground for innovation — so we put those claims to the test.

The category ranks states based on their support for innovation, with metrics including the number of patents issued to their residents, the dollar value of federal health and science research grants, and deployment of broadband services rankings from the Federal Communications Commission. Click ahead to see the leaders in innovation.

Sources: CNBC.com, United States Patent & Trademark Office, National Institutes of Health; National Science Foundation, Federal Communications Commission

Posted 27 March 2012

Photo: Bernhard Lang | Photographer's Choice | Getty Images