Utah Is 2019’s 8th Most Innovative State

Wallet Hub

xWith the U.S. projected to spend $581 billion on research and development in 2019 and NYC recently backing out of the deal for Amazon’s HQ2, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Innovative States as well as accompanying videos.

In order to give credit to the states that have contributed the most to America’s innovative success, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of STEM professionals to R&D spending per capita.

Innovation in Utah (1=Most Innovative, 25=Avg.):

  • 10th – Share of STEM Professionals
  • 13th – Projected STEM-Job Demand by 2020
  • 5th – Eighth-Grade Math & Science Performance
  • 28th – Share of Science & Engineering Graduates Aged 25+
  • 11th – Share of Technology Companies
  • 14th – R&D Spending per Capita
  • 6th – Venture-Capital Funding per Capita

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Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.