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Posted on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 2:18 p.m.

Ann Arbor makes it into the Top 20 for most geeks in the U.S.

By Paula Gardner

Urban Dictionary defines "geek" as: The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult.

Another definition comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation, which not only decides what a geek is but tried to rank U.S. cities on that measure.

We'll call it good news that Ann Arbor made number 16 on the list.

The definition, according to a report from Forbes, is based on how many employees work in science-based fields, among some related measures.

That places Ann Arbor behind places like Ithaca, NY; Ames, Iowa; Lowell, Mass.; and Palm Bay-Titusville, Fla.

For the full list, see the Forbes report.


Dug Song

Thu, Aug 25, 2011 : 7 a.m.

Duh. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Fri, Aug 5, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

SO there you have it Geeks and you're bluebrained to.

Terry Star21

Thu, Aug 4, 2011 : 2:40 a.m.

Didn't one of our biggest geeks make it to lansing recently....only to screw up one thing after another ? Maybe the prestigious geeks could disown that person......I'm thinking.


Thu, Aug 4, 2011 : 2:02 a.m.

Sooo. They're just counting EMPLOYED geeks! I bet A2 would take first place if the unemployed geeks in A2 were included in the toll.


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 10:30 p.m.

Why is this even news, everyone knew it already ? Good Day


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 10:05 p.m.

I'm surprised Ann Arbor didn't make the top ten list of cities with least amount of police per national standards


Thu, Aug 4, 2011 : 12:07 a.m.

huh? thought this was about geeks ! Good Day


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 9:43 p.m.

duh, did anyone not already know this? this is big news day!


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 9:06 p.m.


Tom Teague

Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 8:33 p.m.

Forbes is using this definition for a Geek: &quot;. . . as any workers with a bachelor's level of knowledge and education in science or engineering-related fields or workers in occupations that require some degree of technical knowledge or training.&quot;


Thu, Aug 4, 2011 : 8:56 p.m.

I take exception to that dodgeball crack. I am a computer geek and yet was the best dodgeball player in school.


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 9:07 p.m.

This could possibly be the most vague definition of a geek I've ever heard. Is there a job in existence that doesn't require &quot;some degree of technical knowledge or training&quot;? Yet another reason why taking whatever Forbes presents as valid with a grain of salt.

Tom Teague

Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

Forbes should have added: &quot;. . .and who were really really bad at dodgeball.&quot;

Peter Baker

Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 8:24 p.m.

Re: &quot;Seems like we should be higher. We obviously have more geeks than Titusville, Fla.&quot; Titusville, Florida is full of NASA employees, as the center of the 'Space Coast', hardly obvious that we'd be above them in this ranking.


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 10:27 p.m.

Well, maybe not for long ...


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 7:01 p.m.

So does this mean that all the commenters on this page who constantly disparage the city are just resentful jocks who are upset they have to drive to our town for work every day?


Wed, Aug 3, 2011 : 7:23 p.m.

I know right!