America’s Most Inventive Cities: San Francisco, Seattle, Rochester, NY, More

From Fremont to Irvine, California has 9 of the nation’s innovation hubs. But the list has some surprises.

From Fremont to Irvine, California has 9 of the nation’s innovation hubs. But the list has some surprises.

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1. Sunnyvale, Calif.

Population: 140,081
Patent applications 2010: 1,949
Patents awarded 2010:
3,255
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
1,391
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
2,324

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2. Fremont, Calif.

Population: 214,089
Patent applications 2010: 1,469
Patents awarded 2010:
2,287
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
686
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
1,068

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3. San Jose, Calif.

Population: 945,942
Patent applications 2010: 3,791
Patents awarded 2010:
6,086
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
401
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
643

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4. Irvine, Calif.

Population: 212,375
Patent applications 2010: 1,044
Patents awarded 2010:
1,049
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
492
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
494

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5. Cary, N.C.

Population: 135,234
Patent applications 2010: 412
Patents awarded 2010:
930
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
305
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
688

6. San Francisco, Calif.

Population: 805,235
Patent applications 2010: 2,573
Patents awarded 2010:
3,041
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
320
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
378

7. Seattle, Wash.

Population: 608,660
Patent applications 2010: 1,516
Patents awarded 2010:
2,642
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
249
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
434

8. Boise, Idaho

Population: 205,671
Patent applications 2010: 466
Patents awarded 2010:
884
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
227
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
430

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9. Pasadena, Calif.

Population: 149,043
Patent applications 2010: 385
Patents awarded 2010:
453
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
258
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
304

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10. Plano, Texas

Population: 259,841
Patent applications 2010: 528
Patents awarded 2010:
841
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
203
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
324

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11. Naperville, Ill.

Population: 141,853
Patent applications 2010: 314
Patents awarded 2010:
450
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
221
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
317

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12. Rochester, N.Y.

Population: 210,565
Patent applications 2010: 361
Patents awarded 2010:
840
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
171
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
399

13. Cincinnati, Ohio

Population: 296,943
Patent applications 2010: 559
Patents awarded 2010:
825
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
188
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
278

14. Austin, Texas

Population: 790,390
Patent applications 2010: 1,252
Patents awarded 2010:
2,870
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
158
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
363

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15. San Diego, Calif.

Population: 1,307,402
Patent applications 2010: 3,015
Patents awarded 2010:
2,792
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
231
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
314

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16. Durham, N.C.

Population: 228,330
Patent applications 2010: 398
Patents awarded 2010:
595
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
174
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
261

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17. Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Population: 126,683
Patent applications 2010: 228
Patents awarded 2010:
328
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
180
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
259

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18. Salt Lake City, Utah

Population: 186,440
Patent applications 2010: 365
Patents awarded 2010:
368
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
196
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
197

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19. Raleigh, N.C.

Population: 403,892
Patent applications 2010: 578
Patents awarded 2010:
1,032
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
143
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
256

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20. Fort Collins, Colo.

Population: 143,986
Patent applications 2010:
189
Patents awarded 2010:
374
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
131
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
260

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21. Portland, Ore.

Population: 583,776
Patent applications 2010: 794
Patents awarded 2010:
1,285
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
 136
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
220

22. Pittsburgh, Pa.

Population: 305,704
Patent applications 2010: 443
Patents awarded 2010:
579
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
145
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
189

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23. Escondido, Calif.

Population: 143,911
Patent applications 2010: 228
Patents awarded 2010:
257
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
158
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
179

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24. Chandler, Ariz.

Population: 236,123
Patent applications 2010: 300
Patents awarded 2010:
539
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
127
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
228

25. Scottsdale, Ariz.

Population: 217,385
Patent applications 2010: 290
Patents awarded 2010:
405
Patent applications per 100,000 residents:
133
Approved patents per 100,000 residents:
186