America’s Geekiest Cities

GEEKCITY3 Americas Geekiest CitiesThe U.S. National Science Foundation has created a compelling way to define who is a geek and who’s not  so that they can gather data for their annual “Science and Engineering Indicators” report. The most recent version of that report defines “geeks” as any workers with a bachelor’s level of knowledge and education in science or engineering-related fields or workers in occupations that require some degree of technical knowledge or training.

In the “Science and Engineering Indicators 2010,” the NSF ranked the top 20 cities in the United States by percentage of workers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupation.

Based on the NSF’s criteria, it turns out that the densest concentrations of geeks in U.S. cities is not necessarily where you would expect, with one big exception.

Here is the list in ascending order:

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. Boulder, CO
  3. Framingham, MA
  4. Huntsville, AL
  5. Durham, NC
  6. Lowell, MA
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Ithaca, NY
  9. Bethesda, MD
  10. Seattle-Bellevue, WA
  11. Kennewick-Pasco, WA
  12. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  13. Ames, IA
  14. Palm Bay-Titusville, FL
  15. Boston, MA
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. Bloomington-Normal, IL
  18. Olympia, WA
  19. San Francisco, CA
  20. Fort Walton Beach, FL
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