Washington, D.C., Suburb Boasts Brainiest Americans
Where do Americans brainiest people live?
Falls Church, Va., takes top honors, with 69.5 percent of residents at least 25 years old having earned bachelor’s degrees. That’s according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Right behind Falls Church in the brainy department is another suburban area of Washington, D.C.—Arlington County, Va. In that county, 68.8 percent of residents 25 and older have received bachelor’s degrees, according to the Census Bureau.
Other American places making the grade in terms of undergraduate-level smarts are:
• Los Alamos County, N.M., 63.4 percent.
• Pitkin County, Colo., 59.1 percent.
• Alexandria, Va., 59 percent.
• Fairfax County, Va., 58.4 percent
• New York County, N.Y., 57.7 percent.
• Howard County, Md., 57.2 percent.
• Boulder County, Colo., 56.6 percent.
• Loudoun County, Va., 56.5 percent.
• Montgomery County, Md., 56.1 percent.
• Marin County, Calif., 53.9 percent.
• Orange County, N.C., 53.7 percent.
• Douglas County, Colo., 53.5 percent.
• Hamilton County, Ind., 52.6 percent.
• Albemarle County, Va., 52.5 percent.
• San Francisco County, Calif., 51.1 percent.
In 10 counties, more than 95 percent of the residents 25 and over have completed high school, according to the new census data. Tied at No. 1 in that category are Hinsdale County, Colo., and Los Alamos County, N.M., each at 98.7 percent.
Others with high percentages of high school graduates are:
• Wheeler County, Neb., 98.2 percent.
• Logan County, Neb., 97.8 percent.
• Grant County, Neb., 97.7 percent.
• Douglas County, Colo., 97.3 percent.
• Routt County, Colo., 96.6 percent.
• Hamilton County, Ind., 95.9 percent.
• Gallatin County, Mont., 95.7 percent.
• Washington County, Minn., 95.7 percent.
Earlier this year, The Daily Beast came up with its own list of large U.S. metro areas with the most brainpower. It based its rankings on such data as number of bachelor’s degrees, number of graduate degrees and amount of adult nonfiction sales. The figures were weighted on a per-capita basis.
First on The Daily Beast’s List was Boston. It was followed, in order, by:
• Hartford-New Haven, Conn.
• San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose.
• Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
• Austin, Texas.
• Minneapolis-St. Paul.
• Washington, D.C.
• Rochester, N.Y.