2021’s Most & Least Innovative States – WalletHub Study


With the U.S. having spent $12 billion on vaccine development and distribution in 2020, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’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 22 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of STEM professionals to R&D spending per capita.

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

  • 17th – Share of STEM Professionals
  • 18th – Projected STEM-Job Demand by 2028
  • 29th – Eighth-Grade Math & Science Performance
  • 24th – Share of Science & Engineering Graduates Aged 25+
  • 14th – Share of Technology Companies
  • 32nd – R&D Spending per Capita
  • 16th – Venture-Capital Funding per Capita


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