Minneapolis named one of "America’s smartest cities"

Minneapolis-Saint Paul has been named one of "Americas smartest cities," according to online magazine The Daily Beast. In its first annual list, Minneapolis ranked fourth among the 55 largest cities in the U.S.

The Daily Beast’s based its rankings on a metropolitan area’s education and intellectual environment. The education portion encompassed how many residents had bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees. The intellectual environmental portion had three subparts: nonfiction book sales as tracked by Nielsen BookScan, the ratio of institutions of higher education as defined by the federal government, and the percentage of eligible voters who cast ballots in the last presidential election. All data was then organized on a per-capita basis.

According to The Daily Beast, Minneapolis-Saint Paul achieved this ranking thanks to its excellent scores in bachelor’s degrees per-capita and high voter registration.

Raleigh/Durham, N.C., topped the list.

Published Oct 6, 2009