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America's 'Smartest' City Is...

The website Wallet Hub named Ann Arbor, Michigan America's most educated city.
Posted at 12:36 PM, Sep 17, 2014

America’s brainiest city? According to the personal finance resource site Wallet Hub — it’s Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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And home, of course, to the University of Michigan.

Now — “smartest” might not be the most accurate term to describe the survey findings. Unless you consider being “most college-educated” the equivalent of “smartest.”

WalletHub used Census Bureau and Labor Statistics data to analyze things like:

- How many adults had a high school diploma, college education, graduate or professional degrees

- Number of doctors per capita

- Number of workers in engineering, science and computer fields

But it seems “America’s Smartest” is a title more than one city can claim — depending on who’s making the list.

Just last year in fact — a different site gave Stanford, California the same label.

The methodology of that survey was a lot different though. The cognitive training site Lumosity actually put residents to the test and ran them through memory and attention exercises.

But there is a common thread among both surveys’ findings — namely, that college towns tended to rank pretty highly. Which is probably not that surprising.

Wallet Hub’s top four were:

- Ann Arbor, MI (University of Michigan)

- Raleigh, NC (North Carolina State University)

- Durham, NC (Duke University)

- Provo, UT (Brigham Young University)

And the least educated? According to the list:

- Rockford, Illinois

- Salinas, California

- Beaumont, Texas

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