A study released by Portfolio.com this week named Kansas City one of the brainiest places in the country. In an analysis of the 200 largest markets in America, KC ranked 41st for brainpower, reported the Kansas City Business Journal. Hey, that's only 40 away from being #1, the honor of which went to Boulder, Colorado.
Each city's collective
nerdiness intelligence was
determined by measuring factors like how many residents have a graduate
or professional degree, how many received a college diploma, and how
many dropped out of high school.
Here's the breakdown for KC: 12 percent have earned a graduate
or professional degree, 21 percent just received a college degree, and only 10 percent are
high school dropouts.
Missouri made a scant three appearances on the list. St. Louis proved that it's 22 metro areas dumber than KC when it clocked in
at 63, and Springfield was relegated (used that word without a thesaurus, because I live in Kansas City) to the back of the list at 124. On the Kansas
side, Wichita is 98th and Topeka is 106th -- which probably only made the list at all due to the abundant law degrees of the Phelps family, God bless 'em.
Last place went to Merced, California, where 34 percent of residents call it quits before graduating high school.
This list of superlatives, although every bit as meaningless as the rest, is a welcome relief in light of other recent rankings. No longer are we a fat bunch of STD-ridden food gorgers who shoot each other for sport. Well, we're still that ... but now we're smart, too!