Awesome Washington DC is the Third Brainy City In America

On the eve of Awesome DC birthday, Portfolio Magazine ranked 200 cities in the US including our Awesome Washington DC in order of relative brainpower 🙂

Using new American Community Survey data along with their full methodology, the magazine assessed the average level of higher education obtained by the residents of 200 cities, coupled with their relative earning power of adults who live in them.

The two cities that beat us to that are Boulder, Colo., home of the University of Colorado, and Ann Arbor, Mich., home of the University of Michigan. Washington, D.C. became third. Given, we got some of the best universities in the world here in DC including Georgetown University and George Washington University, I am surprised we didn’t become number 1.

Porfolio’s survey focused on the 200 largest metro areas in America, the largest being New York City and the smallest Burlington, Vt.

Here is the complete list in pdf.

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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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