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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Smartest Americans Are Heading West

Bloomberg, The Smartest Americans Are Heading West:

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Three cities in Colorado — a state whose fortunes have been tied to the boom and bust of oil, gas and other commodities — are among the top 10 leading destinations for the nation’s best and brightest as old cow and mining towns morph into technology hubs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. ... Filling out the top 10 of the Brain Concentration Index are cities rich in technology and higher education, including San Francisco (2), Washington (5), Raleigh (6) and Seattle (9).

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Hmmm... many ways to skin a cat, I guess. Cambridge, Massachusetts is over 100,000 people (albeit just) and 45% of the adult population has an advanced degree. Moreover, 75% of the adult population has a bachelor's or higher, and of that group, 41% are in a STEM discipline, or about 31% of the overall adult population. These percentages are way, way higher than anything on Bloomberg's list. And neighboring Boston was just voted the best city for startups by the US Chamber of Commerce.

Then again, ubiquity has its downsides. I know Ivy League postdocs who make between $40k and $50k per year working for incredibly flush research organizations.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Oct 14, 2017 12:44:52 PM

Ah yes, a classic mistake... confusing education with intelligence. We should never forget that it was our "best and brightest" who led us into the Vietnam War. The technocrats are often the most foolish of people. They often confusing thinking something is so with being so.

If you want good sense, talk to a successful farmer. They have no illusions about life.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Oct 15, 2017 8:24:31 AM

This confuses education and brain power There are plenty of smart people in PA and plenty of dopes in NY and California One has little to do with the other

Posted by: mike livingston | Oct 16, 2017 4:11:52 AM

Have to agree...I know many individuals who have a bachelors degree who are outearning individuals who have a post-doctorate degree.

Posted by: Hanson | Oct 17, 2017 3:13:00 PM