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Old 09-07-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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A list I compiled of cities based on the headquarters of the 25 most-cited think tanks in the U.S.

Not all think tanks are created equal but I was too lazy to add up all of the individual citation numbers, so I assigned a point value in reverse order (IE #1 most-cited gets 25 points, #25 gets 1 point, etc.) which I think paints a similar picture. This list should give a glimpse (through just one lense) of which cities are important in terms of where influential ideas that can influence policy are being formed and exported from.

From FAIR - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (based in New York, for the record) 2007 data:

1. Brookings Institution (Washington DC, 25 points)
2. Council on Foreign Relations (New York City, 24 points)
3. American Enterprise Institute (Washington DC, 23 points)
4. Heritage Foundation (Washington DC, 22 points)
5. Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington DC, 21 points)
6. RAND Corporation (Santa Monica, 20 points)
7. Kaiser Family Foundation (Menlo Park, 19 points)
8. Center for American Progress (Washington DC, 18 points)
9. Cato Institute (Washington DC, 17 points)
10. Urban Institute (Washington DC, 16 points)
11. Hoover Institution (Stanford, 15 points)
12. Manhattan Institute (New York City, 14 points)
13. New America Foundation (Washington DC, 13 points)
14. Economic Policy Institute (Washington DC, 12 points)
15. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington DC, 11 points)
16. Carter Center (Atlanta, 10 points)
17. Carnegie Endowment (Washington DC, 9 points)
18. Lexington Institute (Arlington, 8 points)
19. Public Policy Institute of California (San Francisco, 7 points)
20. Center for Politics (Charlottesville, 6 points)
21. Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Washington DC, 5 points)
22. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington DC, 4 points)
23. Inter-American Dialogue (Washington DC, 3 points)
24. Aspen Institute (Washington DC, 2 points)
25. Center for Economic and Policy Research (Washington DC, 1 point)

Added up the total points for each city (consolidated into metropolitan areas):

1. Washington DC - (17) 210 points
2. San Francisco Bay area - (3) 40 points
3. New York City - (2) 38 points
4. Los Angeles - (1) 20 points points
5. Atlanta - (1) 10 points

6. Charlottesville, Virginia (1) 6 points [not part of a major metropolitan area]


Pretty clear DC is by far the national leader in terms of influential think tank organizations. San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta are several tiers below. Keep in mind this list could look very different if the list were expanded to 50 or 100 think tanks, but I had to work with what I could find.

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Old 09-07-2010, 09:49 PM
 
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A list I compiled of cities based on the headquarters of the 25 most-cited think tanks in the U.S.

Not all think tanks are created equal but I was too lazy to add up all of the individual citation numbers, so I assigned a point value in reverse order (IE #1 most-cited gets 25 points, #25 gets 1 point, etc.) which I think paints a similar picture. This list should give a glimpse (through just one lense) of which cities are important in terms of where influential ideas that can influence policy are being formed and exported from.

From FAIR - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (based in New York, for the record) 2007 data:

1. Brookings Institution (Washington DC, 25 points)
2. Council on Foreign Relations (New York City, 24 points)
3. American Enterprise Institute (Washington DC, 23 points)
4. Heritage Foundation (Washington DC, 22 points)
5. Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington DC, 21 points)
6. RAND Corporation (Santa Monica, 20 points)
7. Kaiser Family Foundation (Menlo Park, 19 points)
8. Center for American Progress (Washington DC, 18 points)
9. Cato Institute (Washington DC, 17 points)
10. Urban Institute (Washington DC, 16 points)
11. Hoover Institution (Stanford, 15 points)
12. Manhattan Institute (New York City, 14 points)
13. New America Foundation (Washington DC, 13 points)
14. Economic Policy Institute (Washington DC, 12 points)
15. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington DC, 11 points)
16. Carter Center (Atlanta, 10 points)
17. Carnegie Endowment (Washington DC, 9 points)
18. Lexington Institute (Arlington, 8 points)
19. Public Policy Institute of California (San Francisco, 7 points)
20. Center for Politics (Charlottesville, 6 points)
21. Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Washington DC, 5 points)
22. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington DC, 4 points)
23. Inter-American Dialogue (Washington DC, 3 points)
24. Aspen Institute (Washington DC, 2 points)
25. Center for Economic and Policy Research (Washington DC, 1 point)

Added up the total points for each city (consolidated into metropolitan areas):

1. Washington DC - (17) 210 points
2. San Francisco Bay area - (3) 40 points
3. New York City - (2) 38 points
4. Los Angeles - (1) 20 points points
5. Atlanta - (1) 10 points

6. Charlottesville, Virginia (1) 6 points [not part of a major metropolitan area]


Pretty clear DC is by far the national leader in terms of influential think tank organizations. San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta are several tiers below. Keep in mind this list could look very different if the list were expanded to 50 or 100 think tanks, but I had to work with what I could find.

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No surprise to me; DC is the nation's capital.
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