Brainiest Cities

Where do the biggest brainiacs in America live? Richard Florida crunches the numbers to figure out the smartest cities in the country.

1 Boulder, CO

Computer Math Degree Recipients: 7.84 percent
Science Degree Recipients: 3.15 percent
Graduate and Professional Degree Recipients: 24.22 percent

Boulder is known as a liberal enclave, but it’s also home to the topnotch University of Colorado at Boulder, which has some of the nation’s best science programs. The city is also the base for a number of major science research centers, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Space Science Institute, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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2 Durham, NC

Computer Math Degree Recipients: 7.34 percent
Science Degree Recipients: 4.47 percent
Graduate and Professional Degree Recipients: 19.31 percent

Durham or Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home to Duke University and the University of North Carolina takes second place, with neighboring Raleigh-Cary (home to North Carolina State) in 11th.

3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Computer Math Degree Recipients: 7.84 percent
Science Degree Recipients: 2.08 percent
Graduate and Professional Degree Recipients: 21.87 percent

Washington, D.C. may be full of politicians, but it’s also home to plenty of government-funded think tanks and science institutions, too.

4 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA

Computer Math Degree Recipients: 5.06 percent
Science Degree Recipients: 2.23 percent
Graduate and Professional Degree Recipients: 18.09 percent

MIT. Harvard. Boston University. Boston College. Northeastern University. Suffolk University. Emerson College. Wellesley College. Babson College. Tufts. Need we say more?

5 Trenton-Ewing, NJ

Computer Math Degree Recipients: 4.96 percent
Science Degree Recipients: 2.23 percent
Graduate and Professional Degree Recipients: 17.52 percent

Trenton, the capital of New Jersey, is known as a governmental hub, but there are computer whizzes there. Princeton, The College of New Jersey, and Rider University are also nearby.

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6 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

7 Ithaca, NY

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8 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA

9 Charlottesville, VA

10 Madison, WI

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11 Raleigh-Cary, NC

12 Olympia, WA

13 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

14 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO

15 Ames, IA

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16 Austin-Round Rock, TX

17 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

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18 Rochester, MN

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19 Corvallis, OR

20 Iowa City, IA