"New Mexico boasts more PhDs per capita than any other state in the US, many drawn to Albuquerque by the variety of research facilities within a 20-minute drive of the city."
New Mexico ranks "14th out of the 50 states in terms of a 'comprehensive inventory of technology and science assets that can be leveraged to promote economic development,' according to the Milken Institute."
The popular book The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life by Richard Florida ranks Albuquerque first among medium-sized cities in "creativity". Rankings were done according to a "creativity" index which is a combination of: patents per capita, social and ethnic diversity, and number of workers in "creative" jobs (e.g. scientists, engineers, writers, artists). The book argues that the key to economic growth for cities in the new economy lies in their ability to attract and maintain a "creative class".