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Innovation and Technology: Creating and Supporting New Ideas

Minnesota is a leader a variety of high-tech industries, such as medical device manufacturing, computer and electronic manufacturing and Internet of Things (IoT). Key to Minnesota’s success is its tech-savvy workforce with multigenerational expertise and its role as a creative idea incubator and patent powerhouse.

How Minnesota Ranks

  • Minnesota ranks seventh in the nation for its Technology and Science Workforce (Milken Institute, 2018).

  • First in Medical Device Patents Per Capita (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, based on most-recent available data as of January 2020).

  • Second in electromedical and electrotherapeutic apparatus manufacturing (EMSI, 2018).

  • Second in electronic instrument manufacturing (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).

  • With large employers like the Mayo Clinic and IBM‒ Rochester, Minnesota ranks as the third most innovative city (MNS, Money, 2018).

  • Third in manufacturing of measuring and control instruments, critical to IoT (EMSI, 2018).

  • Fourth in Human Capital Investment Composite Index (Milken Institute, 2018).

010 Innovation & Technology

  • Sixth nationwide in patents per capita (U.S. Patents and Trademark Office, 2019).

  • Sixth in computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).

  • Seventh in Technology and Innovation (CNBC, 2019).

  • Eighth in the State Technology and Science Index (Milken Institute, 2018).

  • Eighth in printed circuit assembly manufacturing (EMSI, 2018).

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul ranks as the eighth most creative place (SmartAsset™, 2019).

  • 11th nationwide in total number of patents - 4,684 (U.S. Patents and Trademark Office, 2019).

  • 11th most innovative state in the country (Bloomberg, 2019).
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