Rob Pitingolo has run an analysis of the 50 largest metro areas in the country measuring the density per square miles of college graduates*. Providence comes out looking pretty damn smart according to this metric, ranking 8th, just below Minneapolis.
I compiled the data at two geographic levels: first at the city level and second at the “urban county” level. I realize that comparing these geographies is not always entirely fair. That’s why I’m giving away the spreadsheet with all of my work to anyone who wants to build upon this analysis (download it here). I picked these cities by looking at the 50 largest metro areas by population and pulling what I deemed to be the “primary city” from each. In two metro areas, the Twin Cities and Bay Area, I pulled two “primary cities.”
Originally from, and lots of comments at, The Atlantic
* As an art school drop out, I’m not sure that this is the best metric of smartiness. But I also can’t think of another good indicator, thoughts?