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Old 03-25-2017, 04:47 PM
 
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Generally, when you talk about intellectual cities, it's some order or other of Seattle, Boston, DC, NYC, Minneapolis, Austin, Portland and SF. But those cities, particularly Seattle, Boston, SF, DC and NYC get stereotyped as being full of workaholic affluent types who are considered intellectuals solely because they've been able to weasel their way into a professional job, like an economist, engineer, or a think tank worker.

Are there better cities than those I've listed where the "intellectuals" are just people who are knowledgeable about science, history, art, philosophy, politics, etc., who love to read and have a very high verbal IQ, as opposed to people who have high-powered jobs? Or are the cities I've listed still the best place to find the former type of people.
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Old 03-25-2017, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Could Atlanta work? Underrated city for education.
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Old 03-25-2017, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I would imagine places like New Orleans, Savannah, Chicago, Richmond, Louisville, Asheville, and Philadelphia. They seem like places that aren't stuck up and attract alternative/critical thinkers.
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Old 03-25-2017, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis is a very middle class city as well as very pro-intellectual. Really, any college town in the Midwest is good for this or towns in inland New England or upstate New York.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:02 PM
 
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Montreal.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:07 PM
 
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I was thinking Columbus, OH
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:44 PM
 
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Pittsburgh and Nashville with their multiple colleges come to mind.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:56 PM
 
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Generally, when you talk about intellectual cities, it's some order or other of Seattle, Boston, DC, NYC, Minneapolis, Austin, Portland and SF. But those cities, particularly Seattle, Boston, SF, DC and NYC get stereotyped as being full of workaholic affluent types who are considered intellectuals solely because they've been able to weasel their way into a professional job, like an economist, engineer, or a think tank worker.

Are there better cities than those I've listed where the "intellectuals" are just people who are knowledgeable about science, history, art, philosophy, politics, etc., who love to read and have a very high verbal IQ, as opposed to people who have high-powered jobs? Or are the cities I've listed still the best place to find the former type of people.
Minneapolis. Very unpretentious and highly educated. Work/life balance us prized.
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:38 AM
 
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I would say most college towns are a good example of where to look for laidback intellectual types versus the "smug I'm more superior" types. As mentioned Chicago would be a good option as well as Columbus in terms of larger cities, and places like Durham/Chapel Hill or Madison for medium sized cities.
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Look for cities in regions with good public schools, especially good rural schools. Those kids often move to the nearest cities when they grow up. Places that fit that description are New England, upstate New York, the Upper Midwest and the Great Plains. Rochester, NY is one place that comes to mind, Winona, MN and LaCrosse, WI do as well. Minneapolis (and especially St Paul) works too, you are stereotyping it wrong, which is common. Minneapolis has a lot of white collar jobs in the suburbs but the cities proper are largely blue collar. The Twin Cities have high blue collar wages, mostly because they have good k-12 education and chronic labor shortages. One of the things that first attracted me to the Twin Cities is that it seemed to have one of the best educated and intellectually engaged working classes in the country.

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