Slow internet, poor science rankings give Hawaii low showing in innovation survey

Slow internet, poor science rankings give Hawaii low showing in innovation survey
Hawaii lags behind on innovation according to new WalletHub rankings. (Image: WalletHub) (Source: WalletHub)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - While Hawaii may be the happiest state in America, it’s near the bottom when it comes to promoting innovation.

That’s according to a new WalletHub study which, according to the website, used “24 key indicators of innovation-friendliness” to determine the rankings, including share of STEM professionals, amount of spending on research & development, and venture capital funding per capita.

Overall, Hawaii placed 45th out of 51 (50 states plus Washington D.C.) in the rankings, and was in the bottom five in average internet speed and eighth-grade math and science performance.

Massachusetts was ranked as the most innovative in the nation, with Washington and Washington D.C. rounding out the top three.

The full report can be found here.

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