By Jennifer Leigh Parker, Special to CNBC.com
NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- California is the undefeated winner but others are not far behind in the Technology and Innovation category of CNBC's Top States For Business 2011. California reigns with three of the "Gang of Four" -- Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's phrase for the fastest growing tech companies Google ( GOOG), Apple ( AAPL) and Facebook headquartered in its boundaries. (Amazon.com is based in Seattle, Washington). Earning 219 out of a total 225 points, California surpassed even its own 2010 performance due in large part, to the number of patents issued to its residents. At 27,337, California residents received more patents than the next four runners-up combined.
| More from CNBC Homes of Governors |
Best Quality of Life
America's Top States for Business 2011