The 2012 State Technology and Science Index looks at 79 unique indicators that are categorized into five major components: research and development inputs, risk capital and entrepreneurial infrastructure, human capital investment, technology and science work force, and technology concentration and dynamism. It is one of the most comprehensive examinations of state technology and science assets ever compiled.
The overwhelming trend this year is that technology and science are leading America's economic recovery. Competition at the very top has increased significantly, making it more difficult to break into the top 10. Indeed, the states in the top ten are the same as those in 2010, with only a few changes in rank:
The top 10 (with their previous index rankings in 2010):
1. Massachusetts (1)
This index shows the resurgence of the science and tech sectors, and the importance of innovation in state economies. States that are traditionally strong in science and technology have come out of the recession on the backs of those sectors.
Movers and shakers:
• California is back at number three, though still below its peak in 2002. A comeback in the tech sector played a big role in the Golden State's improved showing.
Be sure to check out http://statetechandscience.org/. This site includes a number of features that allow visitors to tailor data according to their particular interests. It also contains an interactive map, videos, and slideshows of the top performing states.