Mapping America’s most innovative companies

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Where are the most innovative companies in the U.S. located? For most, the answer seems quite obvious: Silicon Valley.

The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has held the top spot since at least 2000. Several companies made their contributions — AMD, HP, Cisco and Apple, to name a few. In 2015, Google was issued the largest number of patents in Silicon Valley. We took a deeper look at the innovation here in our earlier post.

But there are other high-tech industry clusters. The following chart shows how the ranking of these areas changed throughout the last 15 years.

This interactive chart also allows you to see the company with the most newly-issued patents for each given year; simply hover your mouse over the area you are interested in.

Second place is held by San Francisco, CA. Interestingly, the most innovative companies here are the same — Google and Apple (both have several offices throughout the country).

New York is in third place with several companies worth mentioning: IBM, AT&T and Alcatel Lucent.

Want to know how many patents are being registered in your area? Here’s the map showing how innovative activity has changed across the country during the past 15 years. Click on a state to zoom in and see detailed data.

Companies with the most new patents by state

California, Minnesota and Massachusetts are the states with the most new patents issued per 10,000 residents in 2015. Interestingly, Vermont was at the top of the list in 2010. And at the start of the 2000's, surprisingly high numbers were registered in Idaho thanks to Micron Technology.

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About Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics


Andrey Kamenov is a data scientist working for Advameg Inc. His background includes teaching statistics, stochastic processes and financial mathematics in Moscow State University and working for a hedge fund. His academic interests range from statistical data analysis to optimal stopping theory. Andrey also enjoys his hobbies of photography, reading and powerlifting.


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