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Philadelphia Not One Of The 100 Smartest US Cities

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of. Amazing food, incredible history, passionate sports fans, and some of the best museums in the country, to name a few.

Unfortunately, according to one study, intelligence is not on the list of those things.

Luminosity set out to find the smartest city in the country by using data from over three million people in the United States, by testing them using cognitive games that measure memory, flexibility, attention, processing speed and problem solving. The data came from people of all ages, from 18 years-old to 75.

Ithaca, New York comes in first, and many cities that are known as “college towns” rank high on the list. State College, Pennsylvania, for instance, comes in second on the list. Madison, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan are also in the top ten.

Philadelphia is not in the top ten, or top twenty, thirty or forty. Philadelphia is not in the top fifty or sixty. In fact, in the entire list of the top 100 smartest cities, Philadelphia is nowhere to be found.

Though it certainly isn’t a “college town,” Philadelphia is has no shortage of esteemed universities, with Penn, Drexel, Temple and St. Joseph’s among the many.

There are some Pennsylvania and area cities on the list aside from State College. Lebanon ranks 28th, Oil City is 46th, Pittsburgh is 53rd, Lancaster and Reading are 63rd and 64th respectively, Altoona comes in 75th, Harrisburg is 82nd, Trenton is 88th and Allentown is 97th.

Philadelphians shouldn’t feel too bad though, as there aren’t many major cities on the list. New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles aren’t among the brightest either.

We’ll always have great roast pork sandwiches.

The entire top 100 can be found here.

And the full study on the smartest cities can be found here.

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