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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.

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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No surprise...
By jnemesh on 7/2/2013 6:22:52 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone who has been to El Paso could tell you that they would be at the bottom of the list.

RE: No surprise...
By retrospooty on 7/2/2013 6:40:22 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... I flew through El Paso last month, just a layover at the airport. I was looking out the window as we came in to El Paso. This is only funny if you ever played any of the old Sim City games... From the air, El Paso looks exactly how the industrial areas looked when you neglect them and they get all run down, brown and rusty. It was a total trip. Almost surreal.

RE: No surprise...
By retrospooty on 7/2/2013 6:45:16 PM , Rating: 3
I couldnt find a run down picture, but this is exactly what El Paso looks like from the air... Only more run down looking, darker and rustier than this pic.

RE: No surprise...
By daboom06 on 7/2/2013 7:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
that makes me want to play sim city 2000 again. i miss it so

RE: No surprise...
By JediJeb on 7/3/2013 1:35:40 PM , Rating: 3
I think the last time I played Sim City was in 1990 lol. When if you had a 386 you were a hacker or something :)

RE: No surprise...
By AntDX316 on 7/5/2013 6:48:40 AM , Rating: 2
I thought El Paso was classy like Beverly Hills.. they have taco/salsa stuff named after El Paso..

RE: No surprise...
By Jeffk464 on 7/3/2013 12:28:52 AM , Rating: 2
El Paso belongs more to Mexico than the US

RE: No surprise...
By ClownPuncher on 7/3/2013 2:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
At least their salsa isn't made in NEW YORK CITY

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