A study that looked at the education levels of the residents from the 200 largest metros identified Boulder, Colo., as the nation’s smartest city, as well as nine other mostly small-city locales that are home to high tech and aerospace companies as well as brainy people.
“We often associate larger cities as the centers of education and culture, and therefore epicenters for the country’s smartest people. However this study shows that smaller cities can attract some significant brain power. Out of the top 10 smartest places, six of them have populations of less than one million people,” said J. Jennings Moss, editor of Portfolio.com.
Here are the nation’s top-10 brainiest cities:
- Boulder, Colorado
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Washington, D.C.
- Durham, North Carolina
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Bridgeport-Stamford, Connecticut
- San Jose, California
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Madison, Wisconsin
- San Francisco-Oakland, California