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Old 07-28-2013, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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^That post is why you need to define your terms. There are soooooo many different definitions of nerd. Do you mean math majors? Do you mean know-it-alls? Do you mean people who enjoy things that aren't in the "mainstream?" If you ask a self-identified nerd to define it for you, she will probably say it means someone who is thoughtfully and openly passionate about his likes and dislikes.

"hard science" != nerd
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:45 PM
 
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Seattle and Portland = Nerd capital of the US

New Orleans and Atlanta = Not so much
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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hipsters aren't always nerds though. lot of them major in liberal arts stuff, not engineering or science.
True. You can understand the confusion, though: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ls...ixgxo1_500.jpg
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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hipsters aren't always nerds though. lot of them major in liberal arts stuff, not engineering or science.
Not to mention universities also attract jocks and those aspiring to join fraternities/sororities. Boston is an alcohol and sports obsessed town. I will concede that some nerds may exist in Boston but it is definitely not one of the nerdiest.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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Yeah I'd go with Bay Area tops and Seattle & Boston tied for 2nd with most nerds per capita. Detroit's a good call on non-nerdy but also New Orleans, Vegas, Cleveland, Memphis, & Fresno.
If you say engineers are nerds, then Detroit has just as many as Seattle, Boston, and the Bay Area. There are more engineers per square mile in the Detroit area than probably any where else in the country.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:19 PM
 
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I would say...

Most:

Palo Alto/Mountain View/San Jose Area - California
Seattle/Richmond Area - Washington
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Dallas has a low geek factor.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I don't think the term 'nerd' needs to be defined. Watch an episode of Big Bang Theory and you will see what a nerd is like. A socially awkward know it all that's into Comic-Con related material coupled with STEM related fields.

STEM = science, technology, engineering, math.

With that said:

Silicon Valley by far has the largest number of 'nerds' in a concentrated area, therefore, San Jose is a nerd mecca.

Least number of nerds? I also vote Detroit.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:58 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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As a soon to be engineering graduate, I don't consider myself to be a nerd.

Unless nerds hunt and fish in their free time.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Sunbelt
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Seattle and Portland = Nerd capital of the US

New Orleans and Atlanta = Not so much
What's your reasoning for Atlanta not having many nerds? In my experience, Atlanta seems to have a moderate amount that is increasing as it concentrates on attracting young business professionals.
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