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Brainerd is No. 37 of America's smartest cities

Stop the presses – I’ve always wanted to say that, but I have never had a reason until today. It appears that a recent poll was conducted by Lumosity: “Smartest Cities in America” that chose the 100 smartest cities in America.

Brainerd was in the 37th spot, ahead of such cities as Fargo-Moorhead (39); St. Cloud (42); Rochester (43); or Mankato (98).

Minneapolis and St. Paul were No. 33, only four spots ahead of Brainerd.

What was the smartest city in the survey? Drum roll – Ithaca, New York. State College, Penn., (home of Penn State University) was second.

Which city was No. 100? Cincinnati, Ohio.

Did anyone else notice that our nation’s capital city was not mentioned? Aren’t the brightest and smartest people running our country? Guess not. Recent job approval polls of Congress and the president would agree.

Not only was Washington, D.C. missing from the top 100 smartest cities, but so were New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago – all deep blue metropolitan enclaves. What’s up with that?

This was no small study. Over 2.4 million people participated in the nationwide evaluation. That beats any Gallup, Rasmussen or NBC/Wall Street Journal poll for numbers of persons polled.

One other observation: Most of the Top 100 were college or university towns. That could have a major impact on the study’s findings. We have Central Lakes College (CLC). (Perhaps CLC President Larry Lundblad has brighter students, faculty and staff than anyone has acknowledged.)

Regardless, the Brainerd lakes area maintains a strong hold on No. 37. Not bad.

One cannot be certain that we can market such a lofty position in drawing businesses or commerce to the area, but it’s something to talk about when the Vikings are so deeply entrenched in the basement of the NFC’s North Division.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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