Forbes Names Tucson #19 in ‘Top-20 Innovative Cities’ Ranking

Forbes recently named Tucson #19 on it’s Top-20 list of the most innovative cities in America. Forbes researched the top 100 largest metro areas in the countryand measured the total number of "creative" jobs, patents and venture capital. 

"The lesson seems to be, if you don’t have a strong university nearby, you can’t be an innovative city," said Al Lee, Director of Quantitative Analysis at Payscale.com, one of the firms that aided in the survey.

Phoenix did not make the list.

Tucson – #19:

  • Tech and science jobs: 31
  • Creative jobs: 27
  • Patents per capita: 16
  • Venture investment per capita: 45

The top five cities:

  • 1: San Jose, Calif.
  • 2: Austin, Texas
  • 3: Raleigh, N.C.
  • 4: San Francisco
  • 5: Seattle

To read the full article, featuring a photo slideshow of the top innovative cities on the list, click here.

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