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Want to be surrounded by smart people? A new study by personal finance social network WalletHub found the U.S. cities the intellectual elite call home.

WalletHub analyzed the 150 largest metropolitan areas, factoring metrics such as percentage of adults with various educational degrees, number of people working in computer, engineering and science fields, and quality and size of schools in the area.

So, where is the cream of the crop choosing to settle down? WalletHub's findings show it's Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan.


  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Raleigh, North Carolina
  3. Durham, North Carolina
  4. Provo, Utah
  5. Manchester, New Hampshire
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. San Jose, California
  8. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  9. Baltimore, Maryland
  10. Boston, Massachusetts


  1. Beaumont, Texas
  2. Salinas, California
  3. Rockford, Illinois
  4. Brownsville, Texas
  5. Modesto, California
  6. Visalia, California
  7. Bakersfield, California
  8. Lakeland, Florida
  9. McAllen, Texas
  10. Fresno, California

The full list can be found on WalletHub's website.



- Jillian Sederholm