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Old 12-11-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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The World's Smartest Cities | Newgeography.com
In today's parlance a "smart" city often refers to a place with a "green" sustainable agenda. Yet this narrow definition of intelligence ignores many other factors--notably upward mobility and economic progress--that have characterized successful cities in the past.

List of the World's Smartest Cities

1. Singapore
2. Hong Kong
3. Curitiba, Brazil
4. Monterrey, Mexico
5. Amsterdam
6. Seattle, Wash. Seattle's location close to the Pacific Ocean has nurtured trade with Asia, and its proximity to Washington state's vast hydro-power generation station assures access to affordable, stable clean electricity. The area also serves as the conduit for many of the exportable agricultural and industrial products produced both in the Pacific Northwest and in the vast, resource-rich northern Great Plains, closely linked to the region by highways and freight trains.
7. Houston, Texas Houston's close tie to the Caribbean, as well as its dominant global energy industry, thriving industrial base, huge Texas Medical Center complex and first-rate airport all work to its long-term advantage. Arguably the big city in the U.S. with the healthiest economy, Houston is also investing in a "green" future; last year it was the nation's largest municipal purchaser of wind energy.
8. Charleston, S.C. Charleston has expanded its port and manufacturing base while preserving its lovely historic core. Once an industrial backwater, Charleston now seems poised to emerge as a major aerospace center, with the location of a new Boeing 787 assembly plant there, which will bring upward of 12,000 well-paying jobs to the region.
9. Huntsville, Ala. This southern city has long had a "smart" core to its economy, a legacy of its critical role in the NASA ballistic missile program. Today the area's traditional emphasis on aerospace has been joined by bold moves into such fields as biotechnology. Kiplinger recently ranked the area's economy No. 1 in the nation.
10. Calgary, Alberta
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Southern cities make it yet NYC or San Francisco don't? How dare they! "Everyone" knows us Southerners are inbred morons

Interesting list.
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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Huntsville keeps popping up now. Keep up the work!
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Huntsville keeps popping up now. Keep up the work!
Yes, also Seattle and Houston both popped up on a few other recent lists too.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I think the Daily Beast's America's Smartest Cities list is another decent list. The used all cities with metro populations of over 1 million. To create the list, they used the percentage of people with bachelor and graduate degrees, non-fiction book sales per capita, the ratio of colleges and universities to the population, and the percentage of eligible voters who voted. I think it's pretty fair.

Here is the top 20:
1. Raleigh
2. San Francisco/San Jose
3. Boston
4. Minneapolis
5. Denver
6. Hartford
7. Washington, DC & Seattle
9. Portland
10. Baltimore
11. Philadelphia
12. Austin
13. New York
14. Salt Lake City
15. Milwaukee
16. Charlotte
17. Kansas City & Columbus
19. Nashville
20. Indianapolis & San Diego

America's Smartest Cities—From First to Worst - The Daily Beast (http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-04/americas-smartest-cities---from-first-to-worst/# - broken link)
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