If Corvallis, Ore., is looking for a new slogan to slap on its town sign, it might be this: “Welcome to Corvallis. More innovative than Seattle.”
At least, that’s according to Nerdwallet’s list of “America’s Most Innovative Tech Hubs,” which listed the Oregon town at No. 4, ahead of Seattle at No 5.
San Jose, Calif., topped the list at No. 1, with Boulder, Colo., and San Francisco, rounding out the top three respectively.
Some key takeaways still dominated, of course, including the general Silicon Valley area and proximity to a university. The West Coast is still winning when it comes to tech, too.
Each city was judged by its startup density, number of awarded patents and amount of venture capital raised. Nerdwallet makes some good points for Corvallis: “Oregon State University provides a deep pool of educated workers to fuel innovation at established companies, including Sarepta Therapeutics and Hewlett-Packard…Startups also thrive in the area, with a density of 2.0, or double the national average, according to data from the Kauffman Foundation.”
Is it surprising that a small-ish Oregon town would beat out Seattle for tech innovation? See Nerdwallet’s breakdown of the results below: