The Best And Worst States For Innovation And Growth

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Best States No. 1: California

Is it any surprise California comes out on top for innovation and growth? With Silicon Valley serving as the hub for IT startups, the state is ranked No. 1 for entrepreneurial activity. It's No. 2 in awarded patents (behind only Utah), No. 5 in high-tech jobs (6 percent) and No. 6 in scientists and engineers (4.6 percent).

The Golden State ranked No. 6 in gross state product growth (3.5 percent).

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