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October 30, 2014

10 Smartest Cities in America

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10 Smartest Cities in America

Nerds, rejoice! The glasses-wearing, book-carrying library cardholder may get laughed at in popular culture for embodying the virtues of geekdom — but in these 10 cities, he's the cream of the crop.

CreditDonkey.com conducted a study identifying the top 10 smartest cities in America, and the results may surprise you. (Los Angeles may seem like a vapid Hollywood shrine, but the city has an above-average rate of residents with a bachelor's degree.)

To determine the results, Credit Donkey used U.S. Census data to find the statistical average of residents with bachelor's degrees in each metropolitan area (it's 26% nationally). Then, the site counted how many Mensa chapters there are in the city's state and took a look at the city's rate of property crimes — which Credit Donkey deems "generally unintelligent behavior."

These are the top 10 smartest cities in America:

1. San Jose, Calif.

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 45.7%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 10
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,603

2. Boston

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 43%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 5
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 1,984

3. San Diego

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 34.1%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 10
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,197

4. Raleigh, N.C.

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 41.2%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 4
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,471

5. Los Angeles

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 31.30%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 10
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,297

6. Denver

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 38.9%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 4
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,747

7. Chicago

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 34.4%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 5
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,677

8. Rochester, N.Y.

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 32.3%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 7
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,645

9. Philadelphia

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 33.3%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 5
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,666

10. Richmond, Va.

  • Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 32.1%
  • Mensa chapters in state: 5
  • Property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,563

Source: "Study: Smartest Cities," CreditDonkey.com (March 3, 2014)

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