Bloomberg recently released the findings of its “Brain Concentration Index,” a measurement of which cities attract the greatest number of intelligent people. The study considered factors such as employment and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; the percentage of residents with advanced degrees; the percentage of science and engineering undergraduate degree holders; and net business formation.
When the results rolled in, Colorado was a triple threat: “Three cities in Colorado…are among the top 10 leading destinations for the nation’s best and brightest as old cow and mining towns morph into technology hubs,” reported Bloomberg.
Boulder ranked at the top of the list; Fort Collins number 4; Denver number 10.
Boulder is known for its many tech start ups, as well as the prestigious math and science programs at University of Colorado. In Fort Collins, an estimated 35% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the Northern Colorado Economic Alliance. And Denver is well on its way to becoming a technology hub.
Others in the top ten for brainiacs: San Francisco (2); San Jose (3); Washington D.C. (5); Raleigh, North Carolina (6); Durham, North Carolina (7); Madison, Wisconsin (8); Seattle, Washington (9).
Meanwhile, the ten cities struggling the most to maintain their talent pools are: Muskegon, Michigan; Beckley, West Virginia; Altoona Pennsylvania; Goldsboro, North Carolina; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Springfield, Illinois; Joplin, Missouri; Huntington, West Virginia; Monroe, Michigan; Lima, Ohio.
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