Awesome Washington, D.C., Is the Smartest City in the Country

Here is another great study I just read on  Brookings Institution showing our city of Greater Washington, D.C. is the smartest city in the country. You may say that again! Washingtonians have something others do not: the best-educated population in the nation.

The study totally validates why I founded Awesome DC. Although, it compares DC with other cities in the country, as I pointed out in About section of our site, I am proud to say Washington, D.C. is the smartest city in the world from my own personal experience of having lived and worked in Asia, Middle East,  Europe, and of course Awesome DC 🙂  Haven’t been in any of the South American or African Countries yet. Anyone?

Almost half of adult Washington area residents have college diplomas, and better than one-fifth have graduate or professional degrees. By either measure, the region has the most educated population of any large metropolitan center.


The District is surrounded by the five best-educated counties in the country, as measured in bachelor’s degrees, a necklace of demographic pearls: Arlington, home to the Pentagon; Alexandria, the upscale Colonial city, classified by the census as its own county; Fairfax County, headquarters of Sallie Mae and the CIA; Howard County, with its massive Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; and Montgomery County, home to the National Institutes of Health. There are Washington suburbs where seemingly every neighbor is a doctor or lawyer, scientist or spy.

Washington is also a college town. We have 81 college students for every 1,000 residents, according to a 2009 study, a collegiate concentration comparable to that of Boston.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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