With the recovery in the United States underway we wanted to take a look at where the smartest cities across the nation were and why where you live could make a difference in terms of attracting talent. So, sit back and take a look at the top ten! Do you live in one of these cities and if so - how is business and the economy going where you are?
San Jose / Santa Clara
Washington / Arlington
Baltimore / Colmubia
San Fran / Oakland / Hayward
Seattle Tacoma - Bellevue
New York / New Jersey
The list was developed by demographers Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill and first published on forbes.com with the following: "
To determine the metro areas that are gaining brainpower in the 21st Century, we scored the nation’s 380 metropolitan statistical areas based on three criteria. We started with the growth rate in the number of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree from 2000 through 2013 (25% weighting in final score). But since the places that post the highest growth rates tend to be those starting with low levels of educational attainment, we gave greater weight to the percentage point increase in the share of the population that is college-educated over that span (50%), and we factored in the share of educated people in the population in 2013 (25%). We also separated out results for the 51 MSAs with over a million residents.
For the most part, the top 10 on our list of the 51 largest metro areas is dominated by places with large concentrations of colleges, and those that long ago made the transition from industrial to information-based economies.
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