Super San Tech
The most innovative tech hub in the US? That would be – no bombshell here – Silicon Valley’s San Jose. NerdWallet snagged data such as patents per 1,000 residents, venture capital received per capita, and those economies of agglomeration which accrue where start-ups get to clustering. And San Jose came out on top with $3,600 in VC cash last year, along with 27 tech patents per 1k inhabitants.
Northern neighbor San Francisco squeezed into third place (beaten into second by Boulder) ahead of Corvallis. Corvallis? It’s in the state of Oregon and Hewlett Packard lives there, as does Sarepta Therapeutics. Another surprise comes in the shape of Burlington, Vermont in ninth. Yes, it boasts Ben & Jerry’s but also the third-highest number of tech patents in the tech hub list.
And when it comes to regions, the Valley is Silicon Valley is way ahead of the rest, with no other place coming close. One pointer here is education establishments. Each and every area in NerdWallet’s top 10 is located close to a major university. Burlington, interestingly, has a mere 42,000 residents, but around a quarter of them are students at the University of Vermont.