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Smartest cities ranking is the dumbest ever

In the world of journalism, rankings of cities (sexiest, hippest, most creative) are like a wallet on a string. We chase them every time. The latest comes from Movoto, a real estate brokerage with an aggressive online presence, which ranked America's "smartest cities." Combining factors such as number of universities, libraries, bachelor's degrees, museums, media outlets and public school rank, Movoto determined that Orlando is the second smartest city in the country. Hmm. Something doesn't seem right here, and it's not helped by Tampa's sixth-place ranking and Miami coming in at the 10 spot. Orlando may be the site of the University of Central Florida, ranked as one of the largest in the nation, but does size really matter? Shouldn't we try to measure the intellectual output? Look, I have a whole lot of books in my house, but I'm not a novelist.

— Bill Duryea

Smartest cities ranking is the dumbest ever 07/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 2:26pm]
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