Technology is the making and usage of tools, systems, and processes that solve problems and improve current functions. This section focuses on many kinds of technology including information, green and energy, as well as the people and businesses involved in them.
National Rankings provide data on how New Jersey compares to other states on measures of Technology.
State and Local Reports provide featured analysis of current Technology data within New Jersey and its impact on life in the State and the economy.
January 9, 2014. 100% of households in New Jersey have access to combined download speeds of 3 Mbps and upload speeds of .768 Mbps. According to the National Broadband Map of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, only Connecticut, Delaware, and the District of Columbia have similar access to high speed broadband.
June 11, 2014. In 2013, New Jersey's strong pharmaceutical industry and technology cluster around Princeton helped it keep a high ranking, although it was down from it's #4 ranking in 2013. Produced by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the New State Economy index includes 25 different indicators designed to measure the progressiveness and technological advancement of state economies. Massachusetts led the index, as it has for many years. Mississippi was last.
May 13, 2013. In 2012, New Jersey had 195,500 technology industry workers, up 700 jobs from 2011. According to the TechAmerica Foundation, an information and telecommunications industry association, New Jersey ranked:
May 13, 2013. In 2012, New Jersey had 14,700 technology industry establishments. According to the TechAmerica Foundation, an information and telecommunications industry association, this represented 5.5% of all establishments. Their figures are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
January 9, 2014. 98% of households in New Jersey have access to more than 5 broadband service providers. According to the National Broadband Map of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, only Rhode Island, Florida, Illinois, and the District of Columbia have more households covered by this diversity of providers.
The websites for New Jersey's two largest cities ranked 54th for Jersey City (out of 100) and 92nd for Newark according to the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers-Newark's 2012 report: U.S. Municipalities E-Governance Survey, 2010-11: An Assessment and Rankings of Municipal Websites.
May 23, 2013. In 2013, New Jersey’s location quotient for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math employment was 1.1. The location quotient measures STEM jobs as a percent of all jobs in the state relative to the same ratio for the nation. A location quotient greater than 1.0 indicates that a higher percentage of jobs locally are in STEM than for the nation as a whole. Data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), New Jersey ranks 16th out of 51 in the U.S. on its 2012 Energy Efficiency Scorecard. This ranking takes into account each state's energy policies and programs that promote energy efficiency within buildings, transportation, and industry. Information for the ranking is gathered from state agencies, commissions, programs, and organizations.
Six of the top 100 best places to work in IT were located in New Jersey in 2012 according to Computerworld. The companies (and rankings) are: Verizon Wireless (6), Prudential Financial Inc. (15), Campbell Soup Co. (39), Automatic Data Processing Inc. (47), Heartland Payment Systems (51), American Water (95).
New Jersey scored the 15th highest in the Milken Institute’s 2012 National State Technology & Science Index that provides a nationwide benchmark for states to assess their science and technology capabilities, and whether they have the ecosystems for converting those capabilities into companies and high-paying jobs. Massachusetts ranked first and Arkansas ranked last.
With 4,345 patents in 2010, New Jersey had the 7th largest number according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office according to the State Science & Technology Institute. California had the most with 30,080 and Arkansas had the least with 4 patents.
New Jersey received $27.39 per $100,000 of state GDP in funding from the National Science Foundation in 2011 according to the Milken Institute. Colorado received the most with $128.51 and Nevada received the least with $11.20 per $100,000 of state GDP.
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, New Jersey had 248 clean technology patents ranking it in the top 10 states in 2009.
New Jersey had an estimated 29,217 alternative fueled vehicles in use in 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, an increase of 48.9 percent from 2005. California had the largest number with 176,619and West Virginia had the smallest number with 2,953.
With employment in high-technology establishments 15.26 percent of total employment, New Jersey has the 3rd highest percentage, less than 1 percent behind Virginia and Washington, in 2008 according to the State Science & Technology Institute.
New Jersey spent 4.2 percent of its state Gross Domestic Product on Research and Development in 2008 according to the State Science & Technology Institute. New Mexico spends the most with 7.65 percent and Wyoming spends the least with 0.4 percent of state GDP.
With 149 doctoral scientists per 100,000 people, New Jersey has 12th largest number in 2008 according to the Milken Institute. Massachuestts had the most with 328 and Arkansas had the least with 49 doctoral scientists per 100,000 people.
Data from the NJ DataBank may be used with the following acknowledgement:
Source: NJ DataBank (http://njdatabank.newark.rutgers.edu), a project of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Campus at Newark