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Posted on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 2:59 p.m.

Ann Arbor ranks among the most intelligent and educated cities in the country

By Chelsea Hoedl

Ann Arbor is ranked as the 15th most intelligent city in United States by Lumosity, a cognitive training site, according to Business Insider.

The top three smartest cities of the 479 ranked by the study are Stanford, Calif.; Princeton, N.J.; and Storrs Mansfield, Conn.. College towns were among the highest-scoring cities, Business Insider said.

Cities were ranked by residents’ average brain performance score in speed, attention, flexibility, memory and problem solving, according to Business Insider.

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website also recently ranked Ann Arbor as the 17th most educated city in America. It was one of two Michigan cities to make the list. East Lansing was ranked 11th on the list.

NerdWallet’s ranking is based on the percentage of the population with a high school diploma, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and professional or doctoral degree.

Chelsea Hoedl is an intern reporter for She can be reached at



Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:22 p.m.

When Ann Arbor "only" got a silver rating in the "bike rideability" surveys, they wanted to spend thousands of dollars on bike lanes. But now that we are "only" the 15th most intelligent city, what are we going to do? Maybe we should spend more on school administrators. Good thing there isn't a "best middle school swimmers' survey...yet


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:21 p.m.

Why did they just talk to Republicans?


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:14 p.m.

Uh, does this ranking include the AA city government.......?


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 11:24 p.m.

Or the school board?

Dog Guy

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 9:31 p.m.

At 15th and 17th, Ann arbor has fallen short of two top-ten lists. It could recoup if all slower thinking and non-degreed folks left, but then "neither its pipes nor its theories would hold water" (John Gardner).


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 9:24 p.m.

You wouldn't know it by the way people drive around here!


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:15 p.m.

You also wouldn't know it from the decisions the mayor's office is making.......


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 9:44 p.m.

That would be because most of the people driving around here are from somewhere else...


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 9:08 p.m.

Nice ranking but I couldn't help but think that his must exclude City Council and the AAPS BOE.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:56 p.m.

I would like to see a 1 month moratorium on any more list !

Vivienne Armentrout

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:55 p.m.

This story caused me to have a snark attack.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:26 p.m.

And the list of list grows...

Julie Baker

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:06 p.m.

Kellie Woodhouse's column from September addresses lists like this: Why does Ann Arbor keep landing on 'best of' lists that touch every aspect of life here?


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 11:15 p.m.

I must rush off and re-read that right now. I'm guessing it will be every bit as gripping as it was the first time.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:01 p.m.

Conspicuous by it's absence was any mention of common sense.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 11:53 p.m.

"The problem with quotes on the internet is you never know if they are genuine." ? Joseph Stalin


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:54 p.m.

"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes." Ralph Waldo Emerson "He wrapped himself in quotations—as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors." Rudyard Kipling What was your point again?


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 9:43 p.m.

"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen." - Albert Einstein Just because we may not share your particular prejudices...


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 7:56 p.m. commenters not-withstanding.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 11:14 p.m.

This commenter is smart enough to know "notwithstanding" is one word.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:54 p.m.

You beat me to it!

T Wall

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 7:45 p.m.

We're not that smart. We have allowed the majority of council members to build an underground parking structure for 50 Million and they almost got away with putting an ugly conference center on top of it. We also could of found a better way to fund a 50 Million dollar police court house building. Which again is pretty ugly next to our old fire station. Our smart people need to care more about our city that we live in. Let's get smart Ann Arbor and make sure we all get out and vote in the August primary for Jack Eaton (D) in the 4th ward, Stephen Kunselman (D) in the 3rd ward and in November Jane Lumm (Independent) in the second ward


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 11:20 p.m.

Yeah - just like the bad government.

Rod Johnson

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 9:46 p.m.

The axegrinding never stops.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 7:37 p.m.

Fortunately, Ann Arbor also ranks itself as one of the most modest cities....


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 7:28 p.m.

I think if you removed "surveys" as "news" from they would lose 25% of their filler

Top Cat

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 7:23 p.m.

So intelligent but not one decent cajun restaurant.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:07 p.m.

the listing is "intelligent" not sophisticated....LOL...and I hear what you're saying!

Nancy Shiffler

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 7:20 p.m.

This isn't a story. It's free advertising for Luminosity.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:14 p.m.

You are right. Effective too. No sooner had I read the first sentence than I said 'Got to find me a Luminosity and get me some cognitive training.' Then my native intelligence kicked in, and I figured I'd better find out what the heck cognitive training is before I go get some....

Rod Johnson

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 9:46 p.m.

Really. As long as gullible "newspapers" (or whatever this is) keep paying attention to these silly press releases, companies will keep putting them out.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 7:09 p.m.

Oh, give me a break what doe's intelligence have to do with where you live ? as far as educated ? sure, Ann Arbor is full of educated fools


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 11:44 p.m.

Ooh, aren't we biitter!


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 11:19 p.m.

There's nothing wrong with that. "The fawn was the doe's first". See, we are pretty smart here. Just ask us.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:47 p.m.

Says the person who puts an apostrophe in does.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 7:22 p.m.

These 'rankings' mean that intelligent people live in these cities, it doesn't mean that where you live causes you to be intelligent. Apparently, if you live in A2, consider yourself an outlier!