Thursday, October 19, 2006

Every Wonder Which is The Smartest City in America?

I must admit, I never have either.

But in my net surfing today, I came across just that information. Don't ask how. I can't even remember what I was searching for, when I came across this page and it immediately peaked my interest enough to continue reading and then to post for all of you to read.

Any guesses as to which city it is?

Seattle, WA.

The study used the US census to analyze the educational levels of adults in nearly 16,000 cities to come up with the city holding the most brainpower in the US.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Ann Arbor, MI tops the small cities of America. It makes sense that college towns dominate the rankings of the small communities. Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan.

Wondering what the brainiest middle-sized city is?
Arlington, Va.

You can read the whole study for yourself here.

All this made me wonder, which is the dumbest city in America? (I bet you are wondering that, too, aren't you?)

Well, after a little searching of the site, I found that, too.

Miami, Florida holds this dubious distinction.

Here's what they had to say about Miami:
The population of the Miami metropolitan area is growing rapidly, and its economy is cooking along. But there's a warning sign in the region's core.

The city of Miami has the lowest brainpower rating of any large community in America. Two-thirds of its adults never went to college. Nearly half -- 47 percent -- didn't even graduate from high school.

Two California communities -- Santa Ana and East Los Angeles -- have the worst scores among medium and small places, respectively.

You can find the bottom five of each level here.


  1. Interesting! Miami did surprise me, thought it would be one of the other southern states.

  2. So Philly is on that list. I don't know about judging big cities because lots of poor people live there. We have some great colleges there-Univ of Penn and Temple (where Bill Cosby went). Seems that if you aren't given a good example, you are going to continue the chain of having kids at an early age and then those kids will do the same.
    I can seem Miami on that list, no problem. It's a party town. All you have to do is look at the TLC show 'Miami Ink'. The Univ of Miami is there and they have a good meteorlogy program, but the local weatherman said the same thing as me-party town!

  3. I was wondering if the percentage of the population that had immigrated would affect the education level of a city.

    And we all know intelligent people who don't have much formal education, and highly "educated" people who are dumb as bricks.

  4. I'm not surprised to see some California cities in the low ranking areas. Our public school system has really had its share of problems.


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