From, by way of NAR:

Seattle is America’s brainiest city, according to an analysis of educational data culled from U.S. Census data by

Seattle is followed by San Francisco and Austin, among large cities. More than 40 percent of adults in these cities have bachelor’s degrees.

Rounding out the top 10 smartest big cities are Colorado Springs, Minneapolis, Charlotte, N.C., San Diego, Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore, and Albuquerque.

How can this be??? We’re Boston – home of world-class universities, museums, and hospitals. Surely, we’re the brainiest people in the country, if not the world.

I mean, Albuquerque??? And, Charlotte, NC, home of the half-wit and in-bred?


So, I used my peanut-sized brain to do some research.

US Census Bereau data, from 2004

Percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree:

Boston 40.9%
San Francisco 51.0%
Seattle 51.3%
Charlotte 37.2%

I’m not sure where the reporters got the data that Charlotte has a higher percentage of college graduates, but based on my research, Boston is better. I think they must have used Year 2000 data, which is pretty inaccurate, seeing as it’s already 2006.

Regardless, what a slap in the face! While Boston beats the national average of residents with bachelor’s degrees (27%), we aren’t at the top.

Something to remember.

(** this isn’t the most accurate data, since any data not collected during the decennial census does not include the population living in college dormitories, so it misses the graduate student population **)

Source: Where the Smart People Live –

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