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America's Brainiest Metros list skips the Twin Cities

We've got our big, fancy universities and our hi-tech marquee names here in the Twin Cities, but it's not enough, people.

Our neighbors in Rochester, Madison, Ames and Iowa City all made it onto something called the Top 20 Brainiest Metros list.

We did not. Oh well. There's always bicycles.

The Brainiest Metros have more adults with advanced university degrees, more computer scientists and mathematicians, and more scientists as a percentage of the population, according Richard Florida at the University of Toronto.

All those big brains mean more prosperity, too. The Top 20 metros generally have higher incomes, wages and economic output. They also have higher levels of innovation (as measured as patents), more high-tech industry, and higher housing prices.

The brainiest? Boulder, Colo., where 7.84 percent of the population have computer and math degrees, 3.15 percent have science degrees and 24.22 percent have advanced degrees.

Here's the Top 20:

1. Boulder, Colo. 2. Durham, N.C. 3. Washington, D.C.-Arlington and Alexandria, Va. 4. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass. 5. Trenton-Ewing, N.J. 6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. 7. Ithaca, N.Y. 8. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif. 9. Charlottesville, Va. 10. Madison, Wis. 11. Raleigh-Cary, N.C. 12. Olympia, Wash. 13. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. 14. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo. 15. Ames, Iowa 16. Austin-Round Rock, Texas 17. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. 18. Rochester, Minn. 19. Corvallis, Ore. 20. Iowa City, Iowa


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