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  (Source: Oxford Press)
Data from over 3 million users helped build picture of local brainpower

San Francisco-based indie edutainment internet software company Lumosity has a bonafide hit, with its cognitive training app.  Consisting of over 40 games, the online portal is supposed to boost your memory and problem solving skills, similar to Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974) Brain Age for the Nintendo DS.

With over 3 million users, the site decided to offer up an interesting data mining analysis, determining which cities in America have the "smartest" citizens (as assessed by puzzle solving and memory skills).

It appears that Iowa and Indiana are among the most mentally endowed states.  More specifically, the top 10 cities are:
  1. Ithaca, N.Y.
  2. State College, Penn.
  3. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Ind.
  4. Iowa City, Iowa
  5. Ames, Iowa
  6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  7. Bloomington, Ind.
  8. Madison, Wisc.
  9. Lawrence, Kans.
  10. Pullman, Wash.
Seattle (90) and San Francisco (114) both scored relatively well.

Washington D.C. (154), Portland (155) and Chicago (188) scored in the middle.

Lumosity
Red = not so smart; Green = smart [click to enlarge] [Image Source: Lumosity]

In the worst category, Texas and North Carolina get hit particularly hard.  The lowest ranking cities include:
  1. Wilson, N.C.
  2. El Paso, Tex.
  3. Talladega-Sylacauga, Alab.
  4. Albany, Geor.
  5. Brownsville-Harlingen, Tex.
  6. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Flor.
  7. El Centro, Calif.
  8. Kinston, N.C.
  9. Laredo, Tex.
  10. Lumberton, N.C.
Los Angeles (309) and New York City (382) (which was lumped with Newark/Jersey City) were among the worst scoring large cities.

Lumosity has an interactive map of its results here, and a full white paper on the study here [PDF].

Sources: Lumosity [map], [white paper; PDF]



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RE: Not surprising
By Ammohunt on 7/2/2013 5:31:43 PM , Rating: 2
Education != Intelligence


RE: Not surprising
By Schadenfroh on 7/2/2013 5:53:43 PM , Rating: 4
Education does help unlock potential.


RE: Not surprising
By GulWestfale on 7/2/2013 9:19:16 PM , Rating: 4
hmm... austin is one of the fastest growing US cities, and has a lot of high tech industry... i wouldn't lump them in with some dumbass redneck town and declare all of texas "stupid". i just come from a trip to the DFW area, and i loved every second of it. didn't get shot, didn't see too many people with 26" rims on an old caprice (there's always a few though, right?), and everyone was really quite nice. YEE-HAWWWW. oh, and i bought a cowboy hat lol


RE: Not surprising
By Ammohunt on 7/2/2013 9:46:40 PM , Rating: 2
Texas is my favorite state try South Padre Island next time.


RE: Not surprising
By ImEmmittSmith on 7/3/2013 10:21:22 AM , Rating: 4
If you notice, the Texas cities on the list are border towns.


RE: Not surprising
By rs2 on 7/3/13, Rating: 0
RE: Not surprising
By nafhan on 7/3/2013 9:25:52 AM , Rating: 2
Education also helps one do well on IQ-type tests (can't say if Luminosity's Smart Thinking falls into that category).

Also, keep in mind that what we're actually seeing here is nothing as conclusive as "smartest and dumbest", we're seeing how well people in different cities do at this particular "brain training" game, and that's it.


RE: Not surprising
By Ammohunt on 7/3/2013 11:57:49 AM , Rating: 2
It helps to make you good at taking tests for sure.


RE: Not surprising
By 91TTZ on 7/7/2013 8:04:39 PM , Rating: 2
You're overlooking the obvious fact that education doesn't have much of an effect on IQ-type tests. While education would certainly help a person get a job in their field of study, it isn't going to raise IQ scores by any appreciable amount.

I think the more important fact here is that college towns have populations that have been filtered for intelligence. For instance, I'm sure that the areas surrounding Yale and Harvard will contain a higher percentage of people with high IQs than a factory town. It all comes down to demographics and probability.


RE: Not surprising
By sixteenornumber on 7/3/2013 2:54:13 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder how many people, even readers of DT understand you syntax.


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