The San Francisco Bay Area, which Includes San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont and San Jose, is the second most innovative region in the U.S. and the world. The bay area received a perfect score for human infrastructure, due in large part to the presence of the technology generating silicon valley, as well as sizable biotech sector. In 2010, more than 16,300 patents originated in the San Jose and San Francisco areas — nearly triple the next highest region, New York City. San Francisco also has the highest score for its networked markets, due to its strong digital connections with Asia and its role as a trade route.
The Boston metropolitan area is not just the fifth largest in the U.S.. According to the study, it is also the most innovative city, not only in the U.S. but also in the world. Boston is the standard by which all other innovative cities are compared. According to 2ThinkNow representative Christoper Hire, Boston scores a 10 “largely because they balance start-ups, mid-size firms and corporations. They also have multiple transport options, and links to manufacturing and diverse industry (as well as technology).” The region is home to more top-level universities than any place in the world, including Harvard, Tufts and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michael B. Sauter