Metro Area Population: 2,109,832 – Daily Beast IQ Score: 84
On paper, Sacramento has a lot going for it, intellectually. Itâ€™s the capital of California, a draw for the Golden Stateâ€™s best and brightest. And itâ€™s just 90 minutes east of the Bay Area, which almost topped this list. Yet Sacramento wound up with below-average scores for almost every one of our criteria.
We do have a lot going for us, you know, on paper. It’s hard to swallow our IQ score of 84 (the winner, Raleigh-Durham, had a score of 170!), but when you consider they included college education, presidential voting turnout AND nonfiction book sales in their study it starts to make sense. Two out of three ain’t bad, right?
Fresno finished last (IQ of 3!) and the Fresno Bee’s Mike Osegueda took issue with it.
Fresno and its metro area finished at 55 with a collective IQ of 3. By contrast, smarty-pants winners Raleigh-Durham had a 170 IQ. Gaaaaaaasp! What a dubious distinction. We should be ashamed, right? And all you people who bad-mouth Fresno at every turn (yet, curiously, still live here) surely feel vindicated, right? Meh. I say we turn this short bus around before we arrive at the intersection of Self-Hatred Street and Pity Party Lane.
You’ll notice the commenters really take issue with Mike taking issue (many of the comments are actually quite insightful and constructive! Imagine.).
So, what do we make of these lists? (Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a terradactyl), I’m with commenter “jghall00” …
Fresnans aren’t nincompoops. They don’t need you to leap up and defend their honor against attacks from marauding outsiders bearing statistics. What they do need is for you to extoll the virtues of the place they call home and exhort them to make it an even better place. Now that would be smart, stupid.