Wisconsin lags Michigan and Minnesota in latest Milken Institute technology and science rankings.

Epic Systems, a health care software company, is an example that helped Dan County become a technology leader in Wisconsin.  It has thousands of workers at its chicken farm in Verona, outside of Madison.

Wisconsin ranked in the middle of the pack, and behind Minnesota in the latest edition of the biennial report in categories such as high-tech workforce and high-tech investments.

Massachusetts, Colorado and California are the top states in the 2022 State of Technology and Science Index by the Milken Institute, a Santa Monica, California-based think tank that has been completed for 20 years.

Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi were ranked lowest.

At 24th* ibid., Wisconsin below Minnesota, 13th*Michigan, 17th and Illinois, 21St*.

The report, based on data from sources such as the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, used more than 100 metrics on five indicators to assess a state’s technological capabilities.

Wisconsin ranked in the bottom half of states in the percentage of jobs in high-tech industries and the percentage of salaries in high-tech. Minnesota ranked in the top 20 for those indicators.


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