Wednesday, October 7, 2009

How Smart is Your City?

The Daily Beast conducted a study in efforts to determine the smartest U.S. metropolitan areas. Everywhere from D.C. to Dallas-Fort Worth were taken into consideration. The criteria ranged from percentage of populations with college degrees to accessibility to cultural activities and educational opportunities that would improve intelligence.

First, some rules of the game. We only ranked metropolitan areas (the cities and their suburbs) of 1 million people or more, using Census data, with the definition of each greater metropolitan area defined by Nielsen. That gave us 55 in all. All data was then organized on a per-capita basis, so that a resident of Norfolk, Virginia, and New York, New York, had equal weight. We’re looking for the brainiest cities, not the biggest.

This is what they had to say about my hometown Memphis, TN which ranked dismally low at 51 out of 55:
Music rules in Memphis, from Elvis to Al Green, but not many people buy books. The city finished in the bottom 10 percent (compared with another Tennessee music city, Nashville, which finished in the top half). Low college graduation rates, too.

Top Five
1 Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
2 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California
3 Boston, Massachusetts
4 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
5 Denver, Colorado

Click HERE to view the full article and
Click HERE to view the slideshow.

Something about the interim Mayor Myron Lowery fist bumping the Dalai Lama as well as everything surrounding our politics and way of thinking leaves the rank of Memphis far from a surprise to me. I love my town, but we have to do better.

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