Regular viewers will recognize some similarities to previous maps, most notably, income, population density, education and high-speed Internet access.
This map was created by the Martin Prosperity Institute, in conjunction with Lumosity - a cognitive neuroscience research & development firm with ties to USCF, Harvard, Stanford, Berkely, and others, that builds software tools for improving brain health and performance.
The metric developed by Lumos Labs was based on cognitive training and tracking software "Lumosity" seeks to track “brain performance” or cognitive capacity of cities in a more direct way by measuring the cognitive performance of more than one million users in the United States who use their games against their location using IP geolocation software.
The analysis controlled for age, so the reason the cities score well is not simply because they have many young people. Instead, the analysis seems to show that users living in university communities tend to perform better than users of the same age in other locations.
America’s 25 brainiest metros, according to Lumosity’s metrics:
1.) Charlottesville, VA
2.) Lafayette, IN
3.) Anchorage, AK
4.) Madison, WI
5.) San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
6.) Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City & Dubuque, IA
7.) Honolulu, HI
8.) Johnstown-Altoona, PA
9.) Champaign & Springfield-Decatur, IL
10.) Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
11.) Boston-Manchester (MA/NH)
12.) Austin, TX
13.) Rochester, NY
14.) Gainesville, FL
15.) Fargo-Valley City, ND
16.) Lansing, MI
17.) Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, CA
18.) Burlington-Plattsburgh (VT/NY)
19.) Pittsburgh, PA
20.) Syracuse, NY
21.) Baton Rouge, LA
22.) Columbia-Jefferson City, MO
23.) La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI
24.) Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA
25.) Springfield-Holyoke, MA
The Prosperity Institute is the world’s leading think-tank on the role of sub-national factors – location, place and city-regions – in global economic prosperity. We take an integrated view of prosperity, looking beyond economic measures to include the importance of quality of place and the development of people’s creative potential. The Institute conducts relevant research to shape debate about economic prosperity and to inform private, public and civic decision-making at the highest levels. Headquartered at the MaRS Centre in downtown Toronto, they are affiliated with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. They also serve as a special resource to the province of Ontario and the greater Toronto region.