California Has 4 Of The 10 Most Innovative Cities In The US

So. Many. Patents.


In case there was any doubt that Californians are an inventive bunch, now there’s a list to prove it.

There are four Californian metropolitan areas in the U.S.’s 10 most innovative cities, according to a list compiled by 24/7 Wall St. based on data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area, which is home to Silicon Valley, tops the list, generating 14,618 patents in 2015, or 739 per 100,000 people.

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, which is home to the University of California at Santa Cruz, is fifth. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont is seventh while San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos is ninth. 24/7 Wall St. compiled its list from  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data for the year 2015, the most recent year that data is available. Read more here.