FYI, since there has been a bit of controversy over the category “Most Intelligent-Seeming Population” in my City Smackdown post (in which I ranked DC 1st, Chicago 2nd and New Orleans 3rd), I wanted to present you all with the professional conclusions of The Daily Beast’s Smartest Cities Rankings.
DC ties with Seattle for 7th smartest city, Chicago ties with St. Louis for 24th, and New Orleans scores just below Buffalo, NY at 45th. My instincts have been confirmed.
#1 Smartest City, in case you’re curious– Raleigh-Durham! Yawn.