Time Magazine analyzed 2.2 million patents issued by the U.S. government from 1976 to 2016 for its top 100 list of the most innovative places in the United States.
The magazine ranked towns and cities based on patents per capita. Time gave Princeton the top spot on the list, claiming Princeton has a population of 12,307, and that Princeton had 10,049 patents over a 40-year period. But that was the population for Princeton Borough in the 2010 census. The figure does not include neighboring Princeton Township, even though residents and businesses in both municipalities would list “Princeton” as their residences and addresses. The total population of the two Princetons combined was 28,334, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The Princetons consolidated in 2013.
The list also does not factor in the fact that many companies and individuals have Princeton mailing addresses even though they are based in Lawrenceville, South Brunswick, and other municipalities. For example Sarnoff, NEC and Bristol-Myers Squibb are located in other towns but have offices with Princeton addresses.
Redmond, Washington came in second place and Morristown, New Jersey was third.
For the full list, visit the Time Magazine story.
Editor’s Note: Time Magazine updated the census figures Sunday night, but this still does not account for the fact that residents, pharmaceutical companies and other businesses in surrounding municipalities list Princeton as their mailing address. The Time Magazine rankings were corrected to more than double the 2010 census population, yet the average per capita only was reduced by about 25 percent and does not take into account the mailing address issue.