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Innovation Clusters of the Rust Belt

26 July 2012 No Comment

With the recently celebrated opening of the nation’s first satellite office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit, I thought it might be fun to explore which metropolitan regions in the Rust Best are hotspots for new innovation as measured by the number of patents issued. The data provided is cumulative for the five year period of 2006 through 2010.

For Detroit and Buffalo, I also included patent data for adjacent areas in Ontario since they are a part of the metropolitan region. Needless to say, I was rather thrilled to find out which of the metropolitan regions came in first place (even without Windsor’s 376 American patents included). Buffalo’s ranking moved up two spots on the list either with the inclusion of 189 American patents from Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, Ontario.

Min 250 patents (or 50/year) between 2006-2010

  1. Detroit-Ann Arbor-Windsor, MI-ON  – 13,121
  2. Chicago-Naperville-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI - 12,526
  3. Twin Cities Region, MN-WI - 11,554
  4. Philadelphia-Trenton-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE - 10,345
  5. Rochester, NY – 5,227
  6. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH - 4,540
  7. Cincinnati-Hamilton-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN - 3,446
  8. Baltimore, MD - 2,950
  9. Pittsburgh, PA – 2,968
  10. Albany-Glens Falls, NY - 2,952
  11. St. Louis, MO-IL - 2,750
  12. Milwaukee-Racine, WI - 2,551
  13. Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, IN  – 2,423
  14. Worcester, MA – 2,037
  15. Providence-Fall River, RI-MA – 1,884
  16. Madison-Beaver Dam, WI  – 1,864
  17. Rochester, MN - 1,789
  18. Columbus-Newark-Lancaster, OH - 1,612
  19. Allentown-Bethlehem, PA-NJ – 1,404
  20. Grand Rapids-Holland-Muskegon, MI - 1,385
  21. Des Moines-Ames, IA  – 1,351
  22. Buffalo-Niagara Falls-St. Catharines, NY-ON – 1,268
  23. Lake Winnebego (Appleton-Oshkosh-Fond du Lac), WI – 1,187
  24. Dayton-Springfield, OH - 1,079
  25. Fort Wayne-Warsaw-Van Wert,  IN-OH - 894
  26. Cedar Rapids-Iowa City, IA - 881
  27. Peoria-Canton, IL - 872
  28. St. Joseph Valley (South Bend-Elkhart-Niles), IN-MI – 800
  29. Syracuse, NY - 796
  30. Lafayette-Kokomo, IN - 723
  31. Binghamton-Oneonta, NY-PA – 720
  32. Rock Valley, IL-WI – 671
  33. Harrisburg-Gettysburg, PA - 663
  34. Elmira-Corning-Sayre, NY-PA – 644
  35. Toledo- Findlay-Fremont, OH - 638
  36. Springfield, MA – 555
  37. Kalamazoo Valley, MI - 550
  38. Champaign-Urbana, IL - 523
  39. Lancaster, PA – 509
  40. Ithaca-Cortland, NY - 503
  41. Lansing-Jackson, MI - 490
  42. Saginaw Bay, MI - 448
  43. York, PA – 428
  44. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Poconos, PA  – 347
  45. Youngstown-Warren-Salem, OH-PA – 342
  46. Quad Cities, IA-IL - 309
  47. Erie, PA - 306
  48. Reading-Pottsville, PA - 301
  49. Evansville, IN-KY-IL - 293
  50. State College-Lewistown, PA – 258

- Rick Brown