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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Brainiest cities

I'm a little embarrassed at how surprised I was to see Syracuse on this list~

America's Brainiest Cities

A new measure seeks to track the "brain performance" or cognitive capacity of metros in a different and potentially more direct way.  This metric, developed by Lumos Labs, is based on their cognitive training and tracking software, Lumosity. It covers some 20 million members (and 320 million individual game plays) who use the company's online games to assess and attempt to improve their cognitive performance. 
With the help of my colleague Charlotta Mellander, I correlated the Lumosity data on brain performance with conventional measures of educational attainment, knowledge workers and other factors. The Lumosity data were significantly associated with both the share of adults with a bachelor's degree or greater (.56) and the percent engaged in knowledge and creative work (.45).   Higher cognitive performance scores not surprisingly were also associated with higher rates of innovation, greater concentrations of high-tech industry and higher per capita incomes.
Here are America's 25 brainiest metros, according to Lumosity's metrics:
  1. Charlottesville, Virginia
  2. Lafayette, Indiana
  3. Anchorage Alaska
  4. Madison, Wisconsin
  5. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose 
  6. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City & Dubuque, Iowa
  7. Honolulu
  8. Johnstown-Altoona, Pennsylvania
  9. Champaign & Springfield-Decatur, Illinois
  10. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  11. Boston-Manchester (Massachusetts/New Hampshire)
  12. Austin
  13. Rochester, New York
  14. Gainesville, Florida 
  15. Fargo-Valley City North Dakota
  16. Lansing, Michigan 
  17. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo
  18. Burlington-Plattsburgh (Vermont/New York) 
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. Syracuse, New York
  21. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  22. Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri
  23. La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  24. Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York Pennsylvania
  25. Springfield-Holyoke, Massachusetts



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