Chicago Among the Most Smartest Cities. Duh.

The Windy Cities rates better than half the cities on the list

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Second City is not the most dumbest city out there, lolz!

    The Daily Beast released the results of its second Annual "America's Smartest Cities: From First to Worst" and Chicago did, well, OK.

    The Windy City was 24th out of the 55 cities included in the survey again this year, just ahead of Indianapolis and right behind Richmond, Virginia. 

    The Daily Beast used the same ground rules as last year to judge cities:

    "We only ranked metropolitan areas (major cities and their suburbs) of 1 million people or more, using Census data, with the definition of each greater metropolitan area defined by Nielsen’s Designated Market Area."

    The methodology for ranking each city, however, did change a bit this year.  

    Instead of factoring voter turnout, this year the editors took into account the percentage of B.A. and M.A. degrees for residents over 25.  Additionally, they looked at non-fiction book sales, number of public libraries, and higher education options available to residents.

    This year the top intellectual honor went to Boston, which boasts over 7 million year-to-date nonfiction book sales. Twenty-four percent of Boston's population lays claim to a Bachelor's degree, and 18 percent have Master degrees. Las Vegas took the bottom spot this year.