California No. 1 In Tech In CNBC's 2010 Top States For Business Survey

Predictably enough and for the fourth year in a row, Californiais at the top of CNBC’s Top States For Business category of Technology & Innovation. Some of the other top ten, however, might be a bit surprising.

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The home of Silicon Valley notched 243 out of a possible 250 points, surpassing its 2009 performance of 234.

The tech and innovation category carries the seventh-most points of the ten categories, worth 50 points.

How important is tech to California? It accounted for almost a fourth of its 1035 points.

New York hung on to the second spot with 235 points. Massachusetts overtook Texas, moving into third, from fifth. Texas dropped to fourth. Washington moved up a spot to fifth. Four of the top five improved on their 2009 scores. Texas’ was unchanged.

Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, New Jerseyand Virginia round out the top ten.

New Jersey and Maryland were the most improved in the category, while Illinoisslipped badly from 4 to 14; Other losers were Minnesota, 9 to 16, and Ohio, 10 to 15.

Dead last? The Cowboy State—Wyoming—with a mere 14 points.