Are innovative places good places to live?
I’ve been thinking about that question, and what follows is a quick bit of exploration — not anything definitive.
I wanted to see if the states with more innovative economies are also the states with better quality of life. To do that, I compared the Social Progress Index, a measure of well-being, to the tech think tank ITIF’s “New Economy” index which purports to rank states’ economies by their emphasis on innovation. As with all broad rankings like this, your mileage may vary.
Without further ado…
(There are a million questions and caveats that I won’t get into but one to note: the Social Progress score is 2018; ITIF is 2020.)