Where you live is a matter of taste (or often, coincidence), but it’s also an indicator of things like personality, lifestyle preferences, professional direction, and even your health and fitness. But what about how smart you are? According to an article in GOOD Magazine, “Where the smart people at?“, the traditional way of measuring intelligence within a given city is measuring the proportion or raw number of college degree-holders in a city, but economist Rob Pitingolo things that’s insufficient, and has devised his own way of measuring a city’s smarts.
Pitingolo says that having a bunch of intelligent people in one general area is meaningless unless they’re interacting and exchanging ideas. Y’know, doin’ smart stuff. So instead he measured what he calls “educational attainment density” – the number of college degree-holders per square mile. For now, we’re gonna go hang out in San Fran and ask all the smartypants there to explain why this is such a genius theory. Oh, and we will not be applying for jobs in Oklahoma City.