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The Least-Smart City?

Fresno Fights Back

Fresno, CA came in last place in the Daily Beast's recent survey ranking the intelligence of the 55 largest cities in America. Now, Fresno's mayor has come to its defense. "This is a flawed study that uses indicators that don't accurately measure the intelligence and capability of the people in our city. Nevertheless, Fresno must always stay focused on improving the community's educational attainment. It's the single biggest determinant of any city's success,” said Mayor Ashley Swearengin. "I think the criteria they used to make, quote, dumb people is absolutely ridiculous," Fresno resident Carol Williams told local Fox affiliate KMPH (Learn the Beast’s methodology here). "Some people are pretty lazy, they don't care about the politics," added another resident.

October 6, 2009 6:32 AM