Top 10 States for Technology & Innovation

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Top 10 States for Technology & Innovation

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In our annual CNBC rankings of our   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, per the FCC. Click ahead to see the leaders in innovation.
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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

10. Maryland 

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Patents issued (2010): 1,578 Medical research grants (2010) $1,018,825,272 Science research grants (2010): $162,573,000 Broadband deployment rank: #16
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Patents issued (2010): 1,578
Medical research grants (2010): $1,018,825,272
Science research grants (2010): $162,573,000
Broadband deployment rank: #16

9. New Jersey

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Patents issued (2010): 3,874 Medical research grants (2010): $251,607,770 Science research grants (2010): $157,957,000 Broadband deployment rank: #8
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Patents issued (2010): 3,874
Medical research grants (2010): $251,607,770
Science research grants (2010): $157,957,000
Broadband deployment rank: #8

8. Michigan

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Patents issued (2010): 3,823 Medical research grants (2010): $625,298,979 Science research grants (2010): $192,512,000 Broadband deployment rank: #10
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Patents issued (2010): 3,823
Medical research grants (2010): $625,298,979
Science research grants (2010): $192,512,000
Broadband deployment rank: #10

7. Pennsylvania

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Patents issued (2010): 3,351Medical research grants (2010): $1,405,917,085 Science research grants (2010): $279,662,000 Broadband deployment rank: #5
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Patents issued (2010): 3,351
Medical research grants (2010): $1,405,917,085
Science research grants (2010): $279,662,000
Broadband deployment rank: #5

6. Illinois

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Patents issued (2010): 3,611 Medical research grants (2010): $732,681,496 Science research grants (2010): $352,967,000 Broadband deployment rank: #6
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Patents issued (2010): 3,611
Medical research grants (2010): $732,681,496
Science research grants (2010): $352,967,000
Broadband deployment rank: #6

5. Washington

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Patents issued (2010): 5,258 Medical research grants (2010): $846,526,930 Science research grants (2010): $144,683,000 Broadband deployment rank: #14
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Patents issued (2010): 5,258
Medical research grants (2010): $846,526,930
Science research grants (2010): $144,683,000
Broadband deployment rank: #14

4. Texas

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Patents issued (2010): 7,545 Medical research grants (2010): $1,078,078,997 Science research grants (2010): $236,429,000 Broadband deployment rank: #2
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Patents issued (2010): 7,545
Medical research grants (2010): $1,078,078,997
Science research grants (2010): $236,429,000
Broadband deployment rank: #2

3. Massachusetts

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Patents issued (2010): 4,923 Medical research grants (2010): $2,447,323,040 Science research grants (2010): $476,666,000 Broadband deployment rank: #13
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Patents issued (2010): 4,923
Medical research grants (2010): $2,447,323,040
Science research grants (2010): $476,666,000
Broadband deployment rank: #13

2. New York

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Patents issued (2010): 7,082 Medical research grants (2010): $2,001,047,954 Science research grants (2010): $491,947,000 Broadband deployment rank: #3
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Patents issued (2010): 7,082
Medical research grants (2010): $2,001,047,954
Science research grants (2010): $491,947,000
Broadband deployment rank: #3

1. California

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Patents issued (2010): 27,337 Medical research grants (2010): $3,332,378,004 Science research grants (2010): $1,043,258,000 Broadband deployment rank: #1
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Patents issued (2010): 27,337
Medical research grants (2010): $3,332,378,004
Science research grants (2010): $1,043,258,000
Broadband deployment rank: #1