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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: Red states are um.. red
By Donkey2008 on 7/4/2013 3:36:08 PM , Rating: 1
You would be really surprised at how many conservative Republicans live in the Southern California area. It is just unfortunate that a lot of the American population believes everything they hear on Fox News or conservative radio. Say something like "socially liberal, fiscally conservative" and it totally blows their minds.


RE: Red states are um.. red
By powerwerds on 7/9/2013 4:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
I too am waiting for the political representation of these two ideals. I am from the south. On the one side my dad runs a family business and is typical southern Republican. My siblings and I are college educated and have all arrived at world-views individually different from our parents. The running of a business coupled with a dire observance of a large population of tax revenue negative peoples that can only be most positively termed as parasites, lends me a strong reverie of fiscally conservative policies. On the other hand my brother has a boyfriend, and I feel very passionate about a couples/ woman's right to abort. I obviously do not support other socially liberal policies that by their nature oppose fiscal conservatism.

I find the data interesting, but not surprising. Do they have data by country? Also, I believe the progression of our societies can only humbly be described by our lowest common denominator and so to really truly advance we need to bring the bottom up.


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