Nov 09

Rochester: 10th-smartest city in the nation

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“A city’s potential lies mostly with the ingenuity and brainpower of its citizens. Regions with intellectual vigor are more likely to bounce back; those without risk a stupor.”
— The Daily Beast

Rochester has again been recognized as a hub of higher learning.

Two weeks back, The Daily Beat released their 2nd annual list of the “Smartest and Dumbest” cities in the US. They ranked metropolitan areas with populations of greater than 1 million on a number of factors, including the number of Bachelor and Graduate degrees per capita, the number of institutions of higher learning, total non-fiction book sales, and availability of public library services per capita.

Rochester landed a solid #10 spot out of 55 ranked cities, indicative of the quality of Rochester’s populace, as well as the jobs and higher education institutions available to residents. Boston held the top seat as head of the class, while Las Vegas was relegated to wearing the dunce cap in the lowest spot (down from 2nd last place in 2009).

This polar opposite standing of North vs. South at the extremes of the list highlights what you will find upon plotting out all the cities and their standings; with a handful of exceptions, there’s a very clear, strong trend for Southern States tend to lag far behind the Northern States in terms of the level of education of the general population.

For the full article, click here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-10-24/ranking-americas-smartest-and-dumbest-cities/
For the full list, see the link at the bottom of the article, or click here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2249/1/

For the Democrat & Chronicle response to the article, click here: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=201010260334

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