WASHINGTON, DC – A recent study found that Mississippi is the least innovative state in the nation.
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Finance site WalletHub surveyed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 22 key metrics, including the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) professionals, STEM project jobs, student performance in math and science, number of technology companies, and others.
Mississippi did not place 47th in any category and was either 50th or 51st in the half.
The report’s authors found that innovation is a key component of economic growth, both nationally and within a state. In 2022, the US will spend almost $600 billion on research and development, more than any other country and 25% of total spending worldwide.
“But certain states deserve more credit than others for America’s dominance in the tech age,” the report said. “These states continue to encourage innovation through investment in education, research and business creation, particularly in highly specialized industries.”
Mississippi is clearly not one of those states. Here are the Magnolia state rankings by seven key metrics:
- 51st in share of STEM professionals
- Ranked 49th in projected STEM job growth through 2028
- 50th in 8th grade math and science
- 51st place among science and engineering graduates aged 25 and over
- 49th in share of technology companies
- 47th in R&D spending per capita
- 51st in venture capital funding per capita
Mississippi’s 51st place for the number of science and engineering graduates over the age of 25 speaks to the much-discussed “brain drain” plaguing the state.
The data used to create this ranking was provided by the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Science Foundation, National Center for Education Statistics, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Gust.com, Tax Foundation, Consumer Technology Association , US Cluster Mapping Project, Projections Central – State Occupational Projections, The Computing Technology Industry Association, BroadbandNow, Code.org Advocacy Coalition and National Venture Capital Association.
The full report can be read here.