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Old 07-27-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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In your opinion, what cities would you say have the highest percentage of nerds and what cities have the lowest percentage of nerds?

I live in Seattle and I think that Seattle might have the highest percentage of nerds. A city with a low percentage of nerds would probably be Los Angeles. Anyway, I am just curious about people's opinions on this.

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Old 07-27-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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Seattle is high on the nerd scale, but the Bay Area of NorCal is higher. My vote for the city with the least nerds goes to Detroit.
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:51 PM
 
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Seattle is high on the nerd scale, but the Bay Area of NorCal is higher. My vote for the city with the least nerds goes to Detroit.
I agree with you. The Bay Area definitely is full of nerds and probably beats Seattle while Detroit has got to be a place with not that many nerds.
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:58 PM
 
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Seattle is up there, sure.

Boston and Silicon Valley areas certainly have a high percent of nerds, too (more than Seattle, I'd guess).

You may be wrong about Los Angeles.
It has a much larger tech sector than Seattle, not to mention it's creative sector; both fields tend to be nerd-dominant. But who knows? Could be a low percent in the whole population, with higher raw numbers than the smaller cities (assuming nerd percent could be quantified somehow).

Washington DC probably would have some nerds, and New York, too.

My vote is also with Detroit for least nerds.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:37 PM
 
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What do you mean by "nerd"? Someone with a fancy tech job? Or socially awkward people? Because the two frequently don't overlap. I'm thinking of Harvey Pekar's best friend, the "I am a nerd" guy.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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You need to define your terms. There are 15 or 20 different things that could mean.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Yeah I'd go with Bay Area tops and Seattle & Boston tied for 2nd with most nerds per capita. Detroit's a good call on non-nerdy but also New Orleans, Vegas, Cleveland, Memphis, & Fresno.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:49 AM
 
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I would say Huntsville AL is the top nerd city in the country. Lot of NASA and department of defense related stuff going on there.

Greenville SC supposedly has the highest number of engineers per capita and engineers are nerds.

Raleigh NC and northern Virginia and Montgomery MD around DC probably up there as nerd towns.

Chattanooga TN and Wilmington NC probably least nerdy b/c not a lot of good employers.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Anywhere there's a lot of hipsters and big colleges. Massachusetts, the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, etc.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:36 AM
 
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hipsters aren't always nerds though. lot of them major in liberal arts stuff, not engineering or science.
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