We’re Number Wonderful!

The Daily Beast (tip o’ the pixel to AlterNet) has released its second-annual list of the nation’s smartest and dumbest cities.

From the AlterNet piece:

What makes a city “smart” or “dumb,” per this list? The education level of the city’s citizens, for one, and also its “intellectual environment,” as measured by nonfiction book sales and the prevalence of colleges and libraries.

Draw your own conclusions about what the list means in terms of a city’s desirability. (At #16, New York City was robbed, man!)

Regardless, Boston is . . . drumroll, please . . . the brainiest!


1. Boston, MA
2. Hartford-New Haven, CT
3. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
4. Raleigh-Durham, NC
5. Denver, CO
6. Seattle-Tacoma, WA
7. Austin, TX
8. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
9. Washington, DC
10. Rochester, NY

On the flipside:


1. Las Vegas, NV
2. San Antonio, TX
3. Fresno, CA
4. Houston, TX
5. Memphis, TN
6. Orlando, FL
7. Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL
8. Louisville, KY
9. Miami, FL
10. Greensboro, NC

New tourism slogan: What happens in Vegas . . . is stupid everywhere else.

Forewarned is forearmed.

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1 Response to We’re Number Wonderful!

  1. Laurence Glavin says:

    If you scroll down the list of comments, you’ll see my observation that West Palm Beach, Florider is the home of Rush Limbaugh, which should have removed it from the list entirely.

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