Room to improve
See where Texas falls among most innovative states in the U.S.
Texas isn't among the top 10 innovative states in the United States, according to a new study, but it isn't too far off. The Lone Star state ranked as the country's No. 15 most innovative state, as reported by WalletHub.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia were evaluated across 24 metrics two dimensions: human capital and innovation environment. Texas ranked No. 18 for its human capital and No. 14 for its innovation environment.
Texas' star shined bright across a few categories and made it in the top 10 in:
- Business churn
- Jobs in new companies
- Entrepreneurial activity
- Industry-cluster strength (refers to the level of high employment specialization of a cluster, which is defined by the U.S. Cluster Mapping Project as a "regional concentration of related industries in a particular location")
- Average internet speed
The state performed the worst in the following categories:
- Scientific-knowledge output (measures the number of peer-reviewed articles published per $1 Million of Academic S&E research and development)
- Open roads and skies friendly laws
- Average annual federal small-business funding per GDP
- Share of households with internet access
- Research and development spending per capita
- Research and development intensity
The U.S. is expected to spend a reported $581 billion on research and development, according to WalletHub, which is more than any other country in the world. Some states, the study found, are better at pulling their weight. Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Colorado make up the top five, in that order, while Tennessee, Iowa, West Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi round up the bottom of the list.
While there's much to learn from other innovative ecosystems, copying them is not the best plan, says expert on the study Joseph Tranquillo, Bucknell University professor and author.
"Trying to replicate an innovative ecosystem that has worked somewhere else never seems to turn out well," he says. "Like biological ecosystems, they must be homegrown from the strengths that already lie within."