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Old 04-28-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, New York, New York, Boston, Masschusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Washington District of Columbia,

Certain college towns throughout the country such as Berkeley, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Olympia, Washington, Burlington, Vermont, Santa Cruz, California. However, some college towns are not that intellectual.

But it all depends on the neighborhood youre in for these cities and town, especially in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Washington District of Columbia.
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Central Connecticut State University published this last last year of America's most literate cities:
Central Connecticut State University (CCSU): America's Most Literate Cities 2009
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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Woohooo. Go Seattle. Haha.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hyde Park, Chicago is highly intellectual. You have access to one of the nation's largest libraries (U of C library), there are several museums in the neighborhood (Oriental Institute, Smart Museum of Art), a world-class university, independent cafes and bookstores, fascinating architecture (Gothic, Prairie School, modern) and history (Obama lived there, Harold Washington lived there, Muhammad Ali supposedly lived there).
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale AZ
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Not sure reading books indicates intellectualism
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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I'd second Minneapolis.

But in terms of left-field answers that haven't been mentioned, the OP may consider visiting Louisville, KY; Providence, RI; Durham, NC; Boulder, CO; or Pittsburgh, PA.

Though, as someone who'd at least like to think of himself as an intellectual, I'd prefer diversity over bookishness. I strongly believe that you can learn something from everyone, no matter what level of formal education they have, what they do for a living, what they read, or if they can read at all. We're all trying to make sense out of this world, and we all do so in different ways.

If you really want to learn more about, really, anything, live in the most diverse place possible, not where everyone is like yourself.


Sorry for getting preachy.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Someone pointed out earlier in this thread that being a bookworm does not always add up to being intellectual, and I tend to agree. Of course, intellectualism and being well-read are pretty much inherently synonymous, but intellectualism involves a lot more than just reading tons of books. It also involves the arts, in all it's various forms.

That said, the most intellectually rich city I've ever been to would have to be Ithaca, NY. As for big cities, it depends on the neighborhood. I haven't been to Greenwich Village in NYC since the mid-80's, but back then, for sure that had to be one of the most intellectually stimulating places in America. North Beach in SF is another.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:30 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Regions:
New England
Pacific Northwest
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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New England
Pacific Northwest
Really?!?! Go outside of Portland or Seattle proper and you're in seriously rough redneck country. Like, I'm talking folks with lit-up neon crosses in their yards. Once in Spokane, I saw a Courtney Love look-alike pushing a stroller down the sidewalk while wearing as camo-print teddy. And that's not even as scary as small towns in rural Western Washington. Though, I'm sure most are good people, I'm not sure if that's what the OP has in mind.

The Pacific Northwest, outside Portland and Seattle city limits, is seriously a freaky place. Deodorant optional.
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Ithaca
Boston
San Francisco
Portland, OR
Seattle
Chapel Hill
Ann Arbor

These cities immediately come to mind for me.
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