U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Iowa > Iowa City
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 06-25-2013, 01:50 PM
 
1,509 posts, read 2,052,412 times
Reputation: 2590

Advertisements

These are the 100 smartest cities in America (study) | VentureBeat
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-25-2013, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
8,877 posts, read 15,583,204 times
Reputation: 11447
Just glancing at the list, the most interesting thing I noticed is that there are two Lebanons, two Burlingtons, and two Bloomingtons.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-26-2013, 04:36 AM
 
478 posts, read 333,305 times
Reputation: 1008
It's interesting that you will not find any cities in California on the top 100 list, even though the study was conducted by a San Francisco-based company. It's probably accurate: I've been in contact recently with some relatives who left Iowa about 40 years ago and who live in California. They're dumber than a box of rocks. There's something about the California sunshine that turns your brains into mush.

Last edited by RDM66; 06-26-2013 at 05:44 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-26-2013, 05:16 AM
 
10 posts, read 16,218 times
Reputation: 12
Here comes the list of the smartest cities in America.

9 Lawrence, Kan.
19. Rolla, Mo.
85. Kansas City, Mo. /Kan.
96. Topeka, Kan.
168. Warrensburg, Mo.
199. St. Louis
211. Wichita, Kan.
338. Salina, Kan.
339. Springfield, Mo.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-02-2013, 07:39 AM
 
3,493 posts, read 4,691,426 times
Reputation: 5354
Interesting. I was involved in this study. They offered a small reward for anyone who would take part, and it seemed like a good idea. After thoroughly smashing the test I looked to the researcher and said, "You're only pretending to track my answers on this part, so what are you really studying?" It looked like he was about to crap his pants as he asked me to avoid asking questions.

I'd really like to know more about the way they scored the test. IC does have an absurdly high Bachelor's and Master's degrees given the population. Since this was handled at UIHC, and they are a magnet hospital that recruits on a national level for the most capable candidates, I'd expect the percentage of educated people playing their "game" may have been even higher.

As duster said, in another light, it is interesting how many very rural areas have placed in the top 100. Given the limited educational opportunities, it makes me wonder about the testing process.

However, none of this is to take away from a great achievement. Congrats to Iowa City on their very high score.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-02-2013, 09:19 AM
 
1,114 posts, read 1,993,284 times
Reputation: 548
If you look at the actual report (http://asset1.lumosity.com/smartest-...Cities2013.pdf) the company Lumosity just analyzed the scores of their users according to where their IP addresses are registered to. There was no recruitment, or control populations, or anything like that. I think it would be a bit of a stretch to say that these results necessarily mean a population is any smarter in one place than any other.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-03-2013, 06:21 PM
 
3,493 posts, read 4,691,426 times
Reputation: 5354
Interesting. Perhaps just coincidence that it was so similar to the one at UIHC then.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-03-2013, 09:20 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
26,731 posts, read 57,642,470 times
Reputation: 29049
Like Cambridge in the UK...
these aren't cities so much as universities with a town attached.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-01-2013, 09:09 AM
 
2 posts, read 2,954 times
Reputation: 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrRational View Post
Like Cambridge in the UK...
these aren't cities so much as universities with a town attached.

Very very true indeed. A smaller city with great schools or a higher number of higher ed facilities will undoubtedly score higher- you would think Urban areas or poorer areas with high numbers of already undereducated adults thus children would skew the numbers as well I guess. Poverty would be a huge factor, and surely funding for public education would be as well - not to mention the socio-cultural variants such as whether 'education' is 'valued' or indeed 'expected' by the nuclear family and broader community.
Lots of things to be weighed I guess - even factors such as the number of broken homes, single parent families, etc etc.

Lots of towns have high expectations even - of their citizenry. Other towns echo low expectations and low thresholds.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Iowa > Iowa City
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top