One self-improvement company's measure of "brain performance" based on aptitude at playing specially designed online games puts Anchorage at No. 3 in a list of America's "brainiest" metropolitan areas, reports The Atlantic. Charlottesville, Va., and Lafayette, Ind., topped the list. College towns dominated the nation's largest cities in the rankings, but it's not that students alone are responsible. From The Atlantic:
The result is not driven principally by college students, according to Daniel Sternberg, the Lumosity data scientist who developed the metro brain performance measure. "Since our analysis controlled for age, the reason they score well is not simply that they have a lot of young people," said Sternberg. "Instead, our analysis seems to show that users living in university communities tend to perform better than users of the same age in other locations."
Sternberg speculates that large metro areas also were hampered in the scoring by their relative diversity. "We would expect to find large differences between cities within a given metropolitan area," he said.
Read more at The Atlantic: America's Brainiest Cities.