Which is the "smartest city" in the U.S.?
A new study now reveals rankings for the smartest cities in America based on an analysis of its database of human cognitive performance.
The study was conducted by Lumosity.com which
The rankings were based on de-identified data from over 3 million users in the U.S. between the ages of 18-75 who had played multiple Lumosity games.
The data objectively measured real differences in cognitive performance across geographic areas by examining scores from users' first few
sessions playing games across five cognitive areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention and problem solving.
These cognitive performance scores were then ranked by location.
"One of the most interesting findings from this analysis is that most of the top metro areas contain major research universities, suggesting that education is an
important predictor of cognitive performance," said Daniel Sternberg, Ph.D., Data Scientist at Lumosity.
"Neuroscience research has found that those who are engaged in learning and cognitively stimulating activities throughout the lifetime build up a
'cognitive reserve' that helps maintain and improve cognitive performance."
Ithaca, NY is ranked as no. 1
Below are the rankings for the top 50 smartest metro areas.
1. Ithaca, NY
2. State College, PA
3. Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN
4. Iowa City, IA
5. Ames, IA
6. Ann Arbor, MI
7. Bloomington, IN
8. Madison, WI
9. Lawrence, KS
10. Pullman, WA
11. College Station-Bryan, TX
12. Appleton, WI
13. Champaign-Urbana, IL
14. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
15. Charlottesville, VA
16. Boulder, CO
17. Provo-Orem, UT
18. Harrisonburg, VA
19. Rolla, MO
20. Houghton, MI
21. Muncie, IN
22. Corvallis, OR
23. Boone, NC
24. Logan, UT-ID
25. Stillwater, OK
26. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
27. Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT
28. Lebanon, PA
29. Moscow, ID
30. Cedar Rapids, IA
31. Lincoln, NE
32. Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA
33. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
34. Starkville, MS
35. Athens, OH
36. La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
37. Brainerd, MN
38. Burlington-South Burlington, VT
39. Fargo, ND-MN
40. Stevens Point, WI
41. Columbia, MO
42. St. Cloud, MN
43. Rochester, MN
44. Auburn-Opelika, AL
45. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA
46. Oil City, PA
47. Fort Collins, CO
48. Sheboygan, WI
49. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
50. Keene, NH
The data also breaks down the city rankings by cognitive area and age group. Appleton, WI performed the highest in memory and attention, and Ithaca, NY performed
the highest in flexibility, problem solving and speed of processing.
Rankings by age group found that Ithaca, NY had the smartest population of those under 35 years of age; Iowa City, IA had the smartest 35-55 year olds; and Columbia,
MO had the smartest 55+ year olds.
Results were controlled for the effects of age and gender. The list included only geographic areas with a sufficient sample size greater than 500.