Intersecting Minds: Education, Business and Technology at the North Carolina State Jenkins Graduate School of Management

America’s Smartest Cities | October 6, 2009

The Daily Beast has a new special out ranking America’s Smartest Cities from 1st (Raleigh-Durham, NC) to 55th (Fresno, CA). I can’t really say I’m surprised to see the Triangle ranked number 1. After living in the area for the last three years, I’ve experienced the professional, educational, and political engagement of the community first-hand. Here’s an excerpt of what the Beast had to say about RDU:

Raleigh-Durham has just about every intangible useful in attracting and developing a smart populace: It’s a university hub… and those schools led to one of the nation’s great technology incubators (Research Triangle). On top of that, Raleigh, as the state’s capital, attracts engaged political minds, as well.

Interestingly enough, I’ve also spent extensive periods of my life in the #2 region, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose and the #9 region, Portland. The Beast on San Francisco:

Like Raleigh-Durham, the Bay Area’s great universities (University of California-Berkeley) spawned a world-class technology hub, and the brains follow. On a per capita basis, the number of people with college and graduate degrees was right at the top.

And Portland:

Civic participation was the cornerstone of Portland’s top 10 showing on this list. Portland residents also buy a lot  of books. That’s no surprise considering the area’s impressive literary tradition, which has included graphic journalist Joe Sacco, novelist Chuck Palahniuk, and the famous Powell’s bookstore.

The rest of the slideshow is well worth checking out. It would be interesting to see a ranking of Europe’s smartest cities. I wonder where Copenhagen would be ranked, but I imagine it would be fairly high. They feature major universities (CBS, University of Copenhagen) and a highly politically engaged populace (80%+ voter participation). The only piece missing from the city is a major business-technology hub (i.e. RTP in Raleigh, and Silicon Valley on the SF Peninsula).

h/t to Nick… Thanks for the link.


1 Comment »

  1. Hey, I found your blog while searching on Google. I have a blog on online stock trading, I’ll bookmark your site.

    Comment by Online Stock Trading — October 16, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: