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These are the 100 smartest cities in America (study)[Lumosity]
Venture Beat ^ | 6-25-13 | Sean Ludwig

Posted on 06/25/2013 5:29:24 PM PDT by FlJoePa

The study released today (PDF) used data from more than 3 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 75 who had played several Lumosity brain-training games. These games measured performance across five cognitive areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention, and problem solving. Then the scores were ranked by location.

Many of the cities and towns on the list, not surprisingly, are prominent “college towns.” Ithaca, N.Y., the top of the list, is home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College. State College, Penn. number two, is home to Penn State. Lafeyette, Ind., number three, is home to Purdue University.

“One of the most interesting findings from this analysis is that most of the top metro areas contain major research universities, suggesting that education is an important predictor of cognitive performance,” Lumosity data scientist Daniel Sternberg said in a statement. “Neuroscience research has found that those who are engaged in learning and cognitively stimulating activities throughout the lifetime build up a ‘cognitive reserve’ that helps maintain and improve cognitive performance.”

Check out the top 100 list of “America’s smartest cities” below to see if your town made the cut.

1. Ithaca, NY
2. State College, PA
3. Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN
4. Iowa City, IA
5. Ames, IA
6. Ann Arbor, MI
7. Bloomington, IN
8. Madison, WI
9. Lawrence, KS
10. Pullman, WA
11. College Station-Bryan, TX
12. Appleton, WI
13. Champaign-Urbana, IL
14. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
15. Charlottesville, VA
16. Boulder, CO
17. Provo-Orem, UT
18. Harrisonburg, VA
19. Rolla, MO
20. Houghton, MI
21. Muncie, IN
22. Corvallis, OR
23. Boone, NC
24. Logan, UT-ID
25. Stillwater, OK
26. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
27. Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT
28. Lebanon, PA
29. Moscow, ID
30. Cedar Rapids, IA
31. Lincoln, NE
32. Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA
33. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
34. Starkville, MS
35. Athens, OH
36. La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
37. Brainerd, MN
38. Burlington-South Burlington, VT
39. Fargo, ND-MN
40. Stevens Point, WI
41. Columbia, MO
42. St. Cloud, MN
43. Rochester, MN
44. Auburn-Opelika, AL
45. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA
46. Oil City, PA
47. Fort Collins, CO
48. Sheboygan, WI
49. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
50. Keene, NH
51. Oshkosh-Neenah, WI
52. Burlington, NC
53. Pittsburgh, PA
54. Fond du Lac, WI
55. Concord, NH
56. Morgantown, WV
57. Bellingham, WA
58. Mount Pleasant, MI
59. Ottawa-Peru, IL
60. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
61. Laramie, WY
62. Barnstable Town, MA
63. Lancaster, PA
64. Reading, PA
65. Winchester, VA-WV
66. Bozeman, MT
67. Bloomington, IL
68 Gainesville, FL
69. Duluth, MN-WI
70. Michigan City-La Porte, IN
71. South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI
72. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
73. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
74. Oxford, MS
75. Altoona, PA
76. Wooster, OH
77. Bismarck, ND
78. Grand Forks, ND-MN
79. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
80. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
81. Binghamton, NY
82. Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA
83. Wisconsin Rapids-Marshfield, WI
84. Ogdensburg-Massena, NY
85. Kansas City, MO-KS
86. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
87. Torrington, CT
88. Trenton, NJ
89. Rochester, NY
90. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
91. Oneonta, NY
92. Eau Claire, WI
93. Warsaw, IN
94. Norwich-New London, CT
95. Eugene, OR
96. Topeka, KS
97. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
98. Mankato-North Mankato, MN
99. Helena, MT
100. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN


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I have no idea what to make of this list as it makes not a whole lot of sense. Nonetheless, I post it here for you all to make even less sense of.
1 posted on 06/25/2013 5:29:24 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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35. Athens, OH

Apparently one of the grading criteria is drinking in huge quantities. About the only things of note in Athens are Ohio University and the bars that serve it.

2 posted on 06/25/2013 5:31:13 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: FlJoePa

Book smarts do not equate to common sense.


3 posted on 06/25/2013 5:32:09 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: FlJoePa

Most of those towns are college towns. I figure that they all have a population that has a lot of time on their hands to play games and work puzzles.


4 posted on 06/25/2013 5:32:30 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: FlJoePa
My town is not listed. I think I will ease into this intellectual thing. I think I will move to #88 Trenton, NJ.

Opps, that's the reason why my town is not listed.

5 posted on 06/25/2013 5:33:57 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: FlJoePa

49. Boston/Cambridge/Newton

So much for a Hahvahd Edumacation!


6 posted on 06/25/2013 5:35:17 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: FlJoePa

Obviously written by an Aggie.


7 posted on 06/25/2013 5:35:23 PM PDT by txhurl (RNC 'voter suppression': attempting to limit each voter to ONE vote!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

:: Most of those towns are college towns ::

All of those are State University towns, Div1 or Div2. Makes PC-sense.


8 posted on 06/25/2013 5:37:32 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: FlJoePa

Whoever wrote this does not know the difference between a city and a metropolitan area. But we are supposed to overlook that and embrace the overall conclusion.


9 posted on 06/25/2013 5:38:09 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: FlJoePa

I see the City of Evil is in first place.


10 posted on 06/25/2013 5:38:52 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: FlJoePa

We need “No City Left Behind” legislation.


11 posted on 06/25/2013 5:38:59 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: FlJoePa
I say these are the 100 stupidist cities that are paying $10 a month for brain teaser games that they can find free all over the web.

PT Barnum smiles more and more every day.

12 posted on 06/25/2013 5:41:53 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: unixfox
Book smarts do not equate to common sense.

Yes and it's likewise with genuine wisdom:

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6
13 posted on 06/25/2013 5:43:04 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: FlJoePa
For all the colleges in California, it seems to be underrepresented as are some other fair weather states. I would suspect that making the list would have something to do with feeling somewhat housebound due to weather? Note that Houghton, MI is #20 on the list.
14 posted on 06/25/2013 5:43:32 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: catfish1957

Uhhh stupidest rather......yuk yuk yuk!


15 posted on 06/25/2013 5:44:19 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: FlJoePa
Bullsh!t!!! i work in ithaca, it's the smartest, God help us...
16 posted on 06/25/2013 5:44:27 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: FlJoePa; Apple Pan Dowdy; GizmosAndGadgets; NonValueAdded; del4hope; MamaB; LowOiL; LBKQ; lysie; ...

#44 Auburn-Opelika, AL

HA! WAR EAGLE!

I did not see the other school’s town even mentioned. Of course.


17 posted on 06/25/2013 5:44:58 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: FlJoePa

So the Aggies come in at 11, and UT doesn’t rate at all.

Aggies are going to love that.


18 posted on 06/25/2013 5:45:05 PM PDT by ansel12 (Libertarians, Gays = in all marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws.)
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To: FlJoePa

I live about 30 miles west of Ann Arbor.

Trust me, it ain’t that smart.


19 posted on 06/25/2013 5:45:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Chode
Bullsh!t!!! i work in ithaca, IF it's the smartest, God help us...
20 posted on 06/25/2013 5:46:01 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: FlJoePa

“2. State College, PA”

The birth place of “climate change”


21 posted on 06/25/2013 5:47:58 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: FlJoePa

My town is 29. I’m so ashamed.


22 posted on 06/25/2013 5:49:16 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: FlJoePa
The great irony here is that these "brain-training games" have been empirically studied and found to be worthless. "Data Scientist" Daniel Steinberg is apparently unethically incompetent in his own self-defined field.

Ask yourself: why is it that Boston, home of Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, and Northeastern, is not listed in the top 100 cities?

23 posted on 06/25/2013 5:50:10 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: FlJoePa

New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC did not even make the list! ROFLMAO


24 posted on 06/25/2013 5:51:30 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: hinckley buzzard

Too many Kennedys.


25 posted on 06/25/2013 5:51:36 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: FlJoePa

But it does prove that the good Norwegians of Grand Forks are smarter than the eggheads of New Haven (which didn’t even make the list)....


26 posted on 06/25/2013 5:54:31 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: FlJoePa

wait a minute - shouldn’t WASHINGTON DC top this list? Isn’t that where the smartest people are?


27 posted on 06/25/2013 5:55:45 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: FlJoePa

I when back and read the article when I didn’t find place like Los Alamos NM on the list. Fargo is the that stuned me. It is based on people who had played several Lumosity brain-training games.

I have played these games mainly while traveling. They make you think.


28 posted on 06/25/2013 6:00:14 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (If you keep your crayons in the box you can't color.)
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To: KarlInOhio

If you look Ogdensberg and Messina are small towns on the river, yet 10 like inland from each is Canton and Potsdam, they are both college towns.

Ogdensberg-Messina has in that orbit, Potsdam, NY. Home of Clarkson U., and SUNY Potsdam. Ten miles down the road is Canton, NY. Home of St. Lawrence U. and SUNY Canton

Ithaca, has Cornell an Ithaca, as well as Wells College Aurora, a few miles away and Thomkins-Cortland Community College in Dryden.

Looks like all of them are college towns


29 posted on 06/25/2013 6:01:34 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: FlJoePa

Torrington, CT? Really? “Smart” must mean dilapidated homes and vacant factories.


30 posted on 06/25/2013 6:02:04 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: FlJoePa

State College, PA! Go Penn State!!!!!!


31 posted on 06/25/2013 6:03:19 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: KarlInOhio

Where’s DC.....and Chicago?


32 posted on 06/25/2013 6:07:15 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Jemian

WAR EAGLE!

And of course.


33 posted on 06/25/2013 6:10:02 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: FlJoePa
data from more than 3 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 75 who had played several Lumosity brain-training games

I see -- so their motives for those little "games" were something other than stated. They even had a cute girl in internet ads.

Things are never as they seem on the internet.

34 posted on 06/25/2013 6:11:18 PM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: FlJoePa

Dollars to donuts, the majority of the top 100 have a very liberal liberal-arts college nearby!


35 posted on 06/25/2013 6:22:14 PM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: Menehune56

And look which place is second.


36 posted on 06/25/2013 6:23:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RS_Rider
The birth place of “climate change”

Not to mention the home (until recently) of a guy named Sandusky.

37 posted on 06/25/2013 6:24:27 PM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: FlJoePa

Is the Los Alamos/White Rock metropolitan area not considered a ‘city?’


38 posted on 06/25/2013 6:24:33 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: Jemian
Thanks for the ping, Jem.

1. Ithaca, NY

80. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

81. Binghamton, NY

84. Ogdensburg-Massena, NY

89. Rochester, NY

91. Oneonta, NY

Most, if not all, of those cities helped elect O for the 2nd time. I guess I'm proud to be among the dumb. :-)

39 posted on 06/25/2013 6:25:21 PM PDT by lysie
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To: meyer

I don’t think that has anything to do with it. They pass it off as trending towards “research based” institutions/cities/towns, which the top handful certainly ARE.

I think what is missing is warmer weather towns/cities/schools, because they are outside doing stuff instead of playing games on their computers. They’re also in big cities and have a LOT of dumb people to drag down their scores (think Miami, LA, Dallas, etc.)

It must be a per capita thing, where the towns are just the right size, and the climate is just the right degree of crappiness to enable them to somehow fit into this stupid study.

Bloomsburg, PA? Srsly? Sorry. They lost me at that one.


40 posted on 06/25/2013 6:30:27 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

Nonsense. Atlanta should be prominently represented, since it is the computing hub of the entire Southeastern United States. It is also the home city of the Center for Disease Control, sporting 14,000 employees in Atlanta alone. The CDC has as an AVERAGE level of education of Master of Sciences. There are many PhDs there. It is also a structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering hub.


41 posted on 06/25/2013 6:31:04 PM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: ConservativeInPA
"My town is not listed."

LOL...my state is not listed!

42 posted on 06/25/2013 6:33:25 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Lazamataz

Read my last post Laz. There might not be a city in the WORLD with more dumb people dragging them down than Atlanta.

DALTON is smarter than Atlanta per capita. That should scare you to death!


43 posted on 06/25/2013 6:34:01 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Joe 6-pack
LOL...my state is not listed!

There is a reason why I always like Louisiana ... well minus New Orleans.

44 posted on 06/25/2013 6:37:56 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: FlJoePa
If this is a per-capita measurement, perhaps you are right.

I would, however, argue that intelligence is not an aggregated function. We are not hive minds. Therefore the means and/or medians don't matter. It is the exceptional and individual intelligence that matters to making a city more functional, more livable.

The dumber among us do not engineer, maintain, and improve the efficient power grids, the sewer and water systems, the telecom and internet networks, the traffic conduits. The more intelligent do.

45 posted on 06/25/2013 6:38:12 PM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: Lazamataz

It’s concentrated intelligence in small markets that makes their stupid list. Simple as that.


46 posted on 06/25/2013 6:41:32 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

I would offer that the authors of this list have demonstrated a lack of intelligence. :)


47 posted on 06/25/2013 6:44:13 PM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: FlJoePa

They are all college towns. Six of the top ten are in the Big Ten.


48 posted on 06/25/2013 6:47:06 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: FlJoePa

Burlington, NC. You must be kidding me. At least 40% of the population doesn’t speak English and 30% of the rest think BBQ comes from the grocery store. I am soooo ashamed.


49 posted on 06/25/2013 7:01:34 PM PDT by jstaff
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To: ThomasThomas

It’s obvious to me that the people in REALLY smart cities (like conservative Colorado Springs) don’t feel they have to “improve” their intelligence by playing games on the internet.


50 posted on 06/25/2013 7:21:11 PM PDT by Hootowl
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