Idaho has a long history of innovation. Philo Farnsworth of Rigby is credited with the first electronic television set, and we all know J.R. Simplot as the man behind frozen French fries. Idaho’s inventors have been able to harness brilliant ideas to change the world.
That still holds true today. Idaho is home to the only US-based memory chip maker, Micron Technology, and is the center of Hewlett-Packard’s highly profitable Imaging and Printing Group, which introduced the HP LaserJet printer. Nearly 50,000 people work in Idaho’s innovation industry, and they’re pushing technology boundaries, launching start-ups, and fueling further growth and discovery.
Technology and innovation are strong drivers of Idaho’s economy. Perhaps that’s why the number of high-tech companies in the state grew 61% over the past decade.
Technology and Innovation in Idaho
- 4,830 Establishments
- 49,322 Jobs
- $88,547 Average Yearly Earnings
- 4.72 Jobs Multiplier
- 13.7% 10-Year Projected Growth Rate