Well, Fresno, I’m not sure what kind of silver lining we’re going to put on this one. I’ll just give you the bad news straight up.
The Daily Beast measured the intelligence of America’s 55 largest cities … and Fresno finished dead last.
The study looked at factors such as how many college graduates we have, how our educational institutions measure up and how many non-fiction books we read.
You can read all about the process on their site. Of Fresno, they wrote:
The race to the bottom wasn’t even close. The largest city in California’s San Joaquin breadbasket, Fresno had deficiencies across-the-board. College education (less that 20 percent of the local population have four-year degrees), graduate studies, academic institutions (not much besides Fresno State), book purchases, voter engagement — it ranked in the worst five percent in almost all of our categories. Problems with gangs and crystal meth tend to deter the best and brightest.
Fresno got an IQ score of 3. Raleigh-Durham, which finished first, had an IQ score of 170.
The top 10: SF/Oakland/SJ, Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Hartford-New Haven, Seattle-Tacoma, D.C., Portland and Baltimore. See the rest here.
What do you think: Are we really that dumb? Or is this just another rank-all-the-cities study that doesn’t mean anything?