State Rankings for R & D
April 30, 2002
Background. Science and Engineering Indicators traditionally has been the nation's most authoritative source for nationwide and statewide expenditures for research and development (R&D). The report contains detailed state data on university, industry and federal sources of R&D spending.
The latest trends in R&D spending for the top states, according to Science and Engineering Indicators 2002, include:
- In 1999, the most recent year for which full information is available, total spending, by industry, government, universities and nonprofit organizations was $244 billion, compared to $211 billion in 1997.
- The three leading states in R&D spending remained the same during the two-year period: California (first), Michigan (second) and New York (third). Each state had significant increases in R&D expenditures.
- Among the 20 leading states for in-state R&D activity, Arizona is a new entrant, moving up from from 21st to 14th, the farthest movement of any state. Others moving up: Connecticut (16th to 15th), Virginia (14th to 13th), North Carolina (13th to 12th), Pennsylvania (7th to 6th) and Texas (6th to 4th).
- Three states and the District of Columbia moved down and/or off the top 20 list as a result of reduced or relatively static expenditures on R&D. Florida dropped from 12th to 16th, New Jersey (4th to 7th); Minnesota (15th to 18th); Indiana (18th to 21st); and the District of Columbia (20th to 23rd).
Source material. See more state data contained in S&E Indicators 2002 at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind02/start.htm
An InfoBrief, Interstate Migration Patterns of Recent Science and Engineering Doctorate Recipients (NSF 02-311), may be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/nsf02311/start.htm
For the latest information and statistics from the National Science Foundation's Division of Science Resources Statistics, see: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/new.cfm
- The Nation's Top 20 States for R & D Investments
- News release: Strong R&D Spending Buttresses U.S. Economic Growth, Report Shows
- Excerpts from Science and Engineering Indicators 2002
William Harms, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-8070, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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