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Old 04-03-2018, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Not sure reading books indicates intellectualism
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Agreed. The “ intellectualism” would depend upon the type of books read. Not every bookworm is heavily into Dostoyevsky, Ghandi or Einstein. Some very rabid readers are into sci-fi and romance novels rather than the classics. But they still read. Not everyone who reads is an intellectual, they simply enjoy reading.
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Here is a link to one list from 2015 of the ten smartest US cities.

https://www.marketwatch.com/amp/stor...5-E1D3FAAA89C3
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Old 04-04-2018, 01:36 AM
 
Location: Both coasts
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The most bookish looking people I've seen in Portland OR, Seattle, San Francisco Bay area, Boston.......NYC (Brooklyn)

it's like the ladies don't wear make-up in the Pacific NW, Bay Area & New England and rather spend time with a book.
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Old 04-04-2018, 05:32 AM
 
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Here is a link to one list from 2015 of the ten smartest US cities.

https://www.marketwatch.com/amp/stor...5-E1D3FAAA89C3
I would have to agree having lived in the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro area for many years that it's easily among the top several. Clearly the density involved of having Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill within 10 miles of one another provides not only the obvious current academic population, but those attracted to come live there because of that environment as well as those who stay upon graduation. The presence of Research Triangle Park which is located primarily within Durham's city limits, adds another layer of well-educated residents.
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Old 04-04-2018, 07:13 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Here is a link to one list from 2015 of the ten smartest US cities.

https://www.marketwatch.com/amp/stor...5-E1D3FAAA89C3
8 of the 10 are college towns, anchored by a major university.
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Old 04-04-2018, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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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.
I’m puzzled Portland is mentioned at all. I lived there for nearly forty years and although I knew some very intelligent people, most prided themselves as being anti-intellectual. The attitude was being intellectual was for the snobs back East.
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