Best States No. 3: Washington
Washington ranked No. 1 in scientists and engineers (6 percent of the total workforce) and No. 8 in high-tech jobs (5.7 percent of the total workforce). And, it's No. 6 in inventor patents. But, the state is a dismal No. 40 for entrepreneurial activity -- all those high-tech people must be working at Microsoft instead of starting their own companies.
The Evergreen State ranked No. 4 in gross state product growth (3.6 percent).