America's smartest cities

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    Oct 03, 2010 2:21 PM GMT
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Ever wonder what happened to your high school valedictorian? He or she might just have wound up in Washington, D.C. That metro area has the nation's highest percentage of residents with college degrees.

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/01/pf/college/Americas_brainiest_cities/index.htm

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    I have friends that moved to DC for work. They all hate it there but had to do it because of their federal government job. Given that, I say SF should be at the top since most are not forced. Fuck DC. The Bay Area pwned this poll.
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    Oct 03, 2010 9:26 PM GMT
    Sigh, to know that I once lived in a smart city (and smartness soaked into my brain via osmosis) and I don't now (with reverse osmosis leeching smartness out of my brain)...icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 03, 2010 10:04 PM GMT
    I've lived in New York, Seattle, Minneapolis, and have spent time in all the others except Raleigh and San Jose (I didn't know the way). I suppose all the Boston grads stick around the Hahrvud campus, because the locals I met just walking around on our trip there last week were really dense.

    And I've lived in and visited many small US towns where the residents impressed me as being very bright. Which suggests to me that simple statistics do not always tell the whole story.
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    Oct 04, 2010 3:38 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI've lived in New York, Seattle, Minneapolis, and have spent time in all the others except Raleigh and San Jose (I didn't know the way). I suppose all the Boston grads stick around the Hahrvud campus, because the locals I met just walking around on our trip there last week were really dense.

    And I've lived in and visited many small US towns where the residents impressed me as being very bright. Which suggests to me that simple statistics do not always tell the whole story.


    When did you live in Mipples, Art?
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    Oct 04, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    DC guys are waay smarter than Frisco boys
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    Oct 04, 2010 3:45 AM GMT
    antelope saidDC guys are waay smarter than Frisco boys


    We sure are. icon_wink.gif

    D.C. isn't bad, unless you live in the slums :/.
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    Oct 04, 2010 4:29 AM GMT
    Richard Florida has a more refined take on this. He produced a Brainiest Metros Index about a month ago, based on three factors: (1) the share of adults 25 years of age and older with a Ph.D., master's or professional degree, (2) computer scientists and mathematicians as a share of all employment, and (3) scientists (physical, biological, social) as a share of total metro employment. The index weights all three variables equally and covers all U.S. metro regions. By this measure, the top 20 are:

    1. Boulder, Colo.
    2. Durham, N.C.
    3. Washington, D.C.-Arlington and Alexandria, Va.
    4. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.
    5. Trenton-Ewing, N.J.
    6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
    7. Ithaca, N.Y.
    8. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif.
    9. Charlottesville, Va.
    10. Madison, Wis.
    11. Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
    12. Olympia, Wash.
    13. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.
    14. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
    15. Ames, Iowa
    16. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
    17. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash.
    18. Rochester, Minn.
    19. Corvallis, Ore.
    20. Iowa City, Iowa

    Here's a more complete view of all metro regions. Ooh, such fun poring over these maps.
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    Oct 04, 2010 4:36 AM GMT
    since when do degrees imply "smartness"

    post secondary education is overrated.

    I'm in my fourth year of a petroleum engineering degree and out of my own experience the way I'm being taught is a fucking joke.

    Since I've started school I've lost respect for post grads and so called "doctors" because they are just seem to be the idiots that were not smart enough to make it in the real world and are the types that can do mindless labor and study wen told to study.

    IMO
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    Oct 04, 2010 5:28 AM GMT
    track_boi saidsince when do degrees imply "smartness"


    *face palm*
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    Oct 04, 2010 5:40 AM GMT
    I have to agree with track_boi. Degrees to me seem to be more about hard work than actual intelligence.
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    Oct 04, 2010 5:44 AM GMT
    So according to this article... I live in the second stupidest city in america... Really? Am i stupid too?
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    Oct 04, 2010 5:50 AM GMT
    KoreanBrian saidSo according to this article... I live in the second stupidest city in america... Really? Am i stupid too?


    Yes, if that is what the article says. Do not question the article.
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    Oct 16, 2010 12:17 PM GMT
    wow didn't know San Jose was that high... we have soo many high school drop outs though =/
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    track boi is 100% correct about college degrees and smartness. Since when does having a college education indicate any type of smartness. That is all propaganda. Who cares anyways?
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidtrack boi is 100% correct about college degrees and smartness. Since when does having a college education indicate any type of smartness. That is all propaganda. Who cares anyways?



    People looking for their first job, I guess?

    I was never 100% sure, but once you have substantial experience, do employers really care what formal education you have?

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    Oct 16, 2010 5:48 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidtrack boi is 100% correct about college degrees and smartness. Since when does having a college education indicate any type of smartness. That is all propaganda. Who cares anyways?



    I agree that you can't call these the "smartest" cities just based on those stats. But this is the key, and why the ranking is interesting:

    "Of course, salaries in those towns are also higher than the national average. That's because a highly educated population is a key to growth and prosperity. Washington, D.C., for example, has the highest median household income of any metro area of more than 1 million residents.

    "There's a very high correlation between earnings and educational attainment," said Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine."

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    Oct 16, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    zotamorf62 saidRichard Florida has a more refined take on this. He produced a Brainiest Metros Index about a month ago, based on three factors: (1) the share of adults 25 years of age and older with a Ph.D., master's or professional degree, (2) computer scientists and mathematicians as a share of all employment, and (3) scientists (physical, biological, social) as a share of total metro employment. The index weights all three variables equally and covers all U.S. metro regions. By this measure, the top 20 are:

    1. Boulder, Colo.
    2. Durham, N.C.
    3. Washington, D.C.-Arlington and Alexandria, Va.
    4. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.
    5. Trenton-Ewing, N.J.
    6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
    7. Ithaca, N.Y.
    8. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif.
    9. Charlottesville, Va.
    10. Madison, Wis.
    11. Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
    12. Olympia, Wash.
    13. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.
    14. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
    15. Ames, Iowa
    16. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
    17. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash.
    18. Rochester, Minn.
    19. Corvallis, Ore.
    20. Iowa City, Iowa

    Here's a more complete view of all metro regions. Ooh, such fun poring over these maps.


    clearly weighted to 'college towns', as would be expected given the variables measured