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SSTI has prepared a table displaying the amount companies spent on R&D in each state from 2003 to 2007, the state’s rank in 2007, the percent change over this five-year period, and the rank of that percent change. For the U.S. as a whole, industry-funded R&D was $204 billion in 2003 and rose to $269.3 billion in 2007 – a five-year jump of 32 percent. Note, the amounts in the chart are not indexed to a single year, but reflect values from when the data was released.

California led the country with $64.2 billion in R&D funding from industry in 2007, almost one-quarter of the nation’s total. This was followed by Massachusetts ($19.5 billion), New Jersey ($17.9 billion), Michigan ($15.7 billion), and Texas ($13.9 billion). These top five states represented 49 percent of the country’s industrial R&D funding in 2007. Washington, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut rounded out the top ten states.

The state with the largest five-year percent increase from 2003 to 2007 was Montana, more than doubling from $65 million in 2003 to $134 million in 2007. Montana was followed by Alabama, Utah, South Dakota, and Massachusetts. Thirteen states had at least a 50 percent increase over the five years, with 30 states having a larger percent increase from 2003 to 2007 than the U.S. as a whole.

The data for this table comes from Table 5 of the NSF’s annual briefs describing industrial spending for R&D, which is available at:
SSTI’s table is available at: