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Posted: June 13, 2012 Study Ranks Eau Claire as 23rd Brainiest City


The Eau Claire/La Crosse area ranks 23rd in a study of America's Brainiest Cities conducted by Richard Florida, founder of the Creative Class Group.


The study used a new metric developed by Lumos Labs, and is based on brain performance and cognitive capacity.


To measure the smartest cities, scientists tracked more than a million individuals and rated them in five areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention, and problem solving. The information was then linked with education attainment, knowledge, and creative work.


According to Lumosity's metrics, below is a list of America's 25 brainiest metros:


1. Charlottesville, Virginia

2. Lafayette, Indiana

3. Anchorage Alaska

4. Madison, Wisconsin

5. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California

6. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City & Dubuque, Iowa

7. Honolulu, Hawaii

8. Johnstown-Altoona, Pennsylvania

9. Champaign & Springfield-Decatur, Illinois

10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

11. Boston-Manchester (Massachusetts/New Hampshire)

12. Austin, Texas

13. Rochester, New York

14. Gainesville, Florida

15. Fargo-Valley City North Dakota

16. Lansing, Michigan

17. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo

18. Burlington-Plattsburgh (Vermont/New York)

19. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

20. Syracuse, New York

21. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

22. Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri

23. La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wisconsin

24. Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York Pennsylvania

25. Springfield-Holyoke, Massachusett

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