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The latest stats for you: Top 10 cities in university research spending in the US.

[From Network Boston.]

City -- R&D expenditures by the city's universities and colleges in 2004 (dollars in thousands)1

1. Baltimore, MD--1,750,9042
2. Los Angeles, CA--1,527,602
3. Boston, MA--1,521,001
4. New York, NY--1,512,632
5. Philadelphia, PA--1,475,536
6. San Francisco, CA--1,388,2183
7. Chicago, IL--1,105,317
8. Houston, TX--1,099,652
9. Durham/Chapel Hill, NC--937,598
10. Atlanta, GA--784,330

1Includes universities and colleges within a 20-mile radius of each city center

2Includes Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, which spent $670 million on R&D

3Not including Stanford University. If Stanford was included, the figure would be 2,059,264, which would place San Francisco at the top of the list

Source: National Science Foundation

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Boston 2nd? or 3rd? I guess it's because of the lack of military research here. On second thought there is quite a bit of military research at MIT but I can imagine that there is plenty of that in LA.

Also does this only include science funded by the NSF?

By Acme Scientist (not verified) on 11 Oct 2006 #permalink

Ni Hao! Kannichi Wa!As usual raw misleading numbers are presented for a culture where bigger is better to go ga-ga over.Let's use a divisor to get some more realistic perspective. Here is the list adjusted for dollars in thousands/100 thousand of population:

1. Durham/Chapel Hill, NC--5013
2. Baltimore, MD--2757
3. Boston, MA--2721
4. San Francisco, CA--1878
5. Atlanta, GA--1665
6. Philadelphia, PA--1008
7. Houston, TX--545
8. Los Angeles, CA--397
9. Chicago, IL--389
10. New York, NY--186

Would that stats were reported using divisors for institutional, department, and even individual researcher productivity like research dollars/faculty, publications/faculty, publications/research dollars and citation index/total publications. Total raw numbers are nothing to go ga-ga over and only lead to skewing the metrics towards the gross waste and inefficiency associated with bigness.No good bench scientist would report assay data in raw total output rather than units/time, mol, mg, band density, etc. MOTYR

By Mouth of the Y… (not verified) on 11 Oct 2006 #permalink

Looks like Ann Arbor, MI (University of Michigan) loses out. I suspect it's due to the 20-mile rule. There are no other research universities within 20 miles.