Ann Arbor made the list as the 6th.
Naturally everything should be taken with a grain of salt because this was the result of Lumosity which is a self selected sample of people that play those brain games. Still these are fun to use to compare various college towns. I say college towns as the list skews that way for obvious reasons.
The PDF report can be found here.
OT: Smartest Cities
SEC! SEC! SEC!
Cool, but all these 'Top X' lists are becoming useless... anyone with a computer is putting them together using whatever criteria they want and people then think it is useful/valid... So few of these "top" rankings are actually well researched or thought out.
Should've know Columbus was nowhere to be found.
Columbus is consistently rated as one of the country's most intelligent cities
This list doesn't go south of the Mason Dixon line until #11, and then rarely thereafter.
It's obviously a weird list because there are smart cities everywhere, but the fact that noted "smart" towns like A2, Ithaca, Madison, etc. pop up give it some credence. And given how big the region is, I'm impressed Boston/Cambridge/Newton scored so high. Having lived there before and having family there now, not a surprise, but that's an order of magnitude bigger of a sample size compared to lots of the places on the list.
Fun cities in the south, he'll yes! Hottest cities for women in the south, sure. Cities with lowest median wage, gotta be in Dixie...but when it comes to smartest, well as Phil Hartman once said as Bill Clinton "We I'm Arkansaw are really proud to have moved from 50 to 49 in education, look out Mississippi, were coming for ya!"
Easy, I live in Starkville, MS. We placed 34th, just one place below Minneapolis-St. Paul. I see two Mississippi towns in the top 100. That's not bad given our reputation and small population (The population of Mississippi is not much greater than Wayne County, Michigan).
The fact that no city in the Bay Area made the list just means no one plays Lumosity here. Any reasonable list would have Palo Alto, San Francisco, Mountain View, Berkeley, and probably Menlo Park on it.
I agree there are problems. It was just something fun until more football.
Especially since lumosity is based in SF. You would think hey would definitely have the most (assuming they're smart) users there.
Houhgton MI makes me laugh...
The age group breakdown is rather interesting - 5th in Under 35, 14th in 35-55 and 16th in the 55 and up group, but the median score only falls a few points across those groups. We were also 5th in "Flexibility", 28th in "Memory" and 12th in "Problem Solving". Third overall in "Speed" is not a bad showing either.
Looking at the skew towards college towns, I wonder how closely it would correlate to educational attainment data from the census. A convenient example - as I recall from the last census, about 95% of adults in Ann Arbor who are 25 and over have at least a high school diploma, about 70% have at least a bachelor's and about 40% have a masters or better.
I wouldn't look too much into this study. Yahoo posted a completely different list of "The Smartest Cities in America" today also.
Smart is a very subjective term.
Might as well state that university towns are the primary criteria.
...because when I hear references to smart cities these days I assume they are talking about a city's communication and social infrastructure, not the actual intelligence of the people living in the city. Here is a list that's closer to what I had in mind: Freshome's 10 most impressive smart cities on earth.
Not particularly surprising, but about 90% of that list could be considered northern cities, including the entire top 10.