Best States No. 5: Maryland
Maryland was No. 4 in high-tech jobs (6.4 percent of the total workforce) and No. 4 in scientists and engineers (5.3 percent of the total workforce). But while Maryland ranked No. 11 in issued patents, the state was surprisingly low in entrepreneurial activity (No. 30).
The Old Line State ranked No. 15 in gross state product growth (2.4 percent).