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A-B-E ranks 97th among smartest U.S. metro areas

By Randy Kraft, WFMZ.com Reporter, RKraft@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 31 2013 02:31:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 31 2013 06:55:13 PM CDT

Brain-training website lists "smartest" cities

What are the smartest cities in the United States?

While State College is number two, right behind Ithaca, N.Y., other Pennsylvania cities did not do as well in a second annual ranking of smartest U.S. cities by Lumosity.

Despite all the colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley, Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton is ranked in 97th place.

Lebanon is 28th, Bloomsburg-Berwick is 32nd, Oil City is 46th, Pittsburgh is 53rd, Lancaster is 63rd, Reading is 64th, Altoona is 75th and Harrisburg-Carlisle is  82nd.

Trenton, at  88th, is the only New Jersey city among the top 100 "complete overall score rankings for core-based statistical areas."

Lumosity, a website offering games and mental exercises aimed at increasing brain power, bases its smartest city rankings on its own database of users' performances on cognitive training exercises.

To be included in the analysis, a user had to play at least one game in each of the five Lumosity “Brain Areas”: speed, attention, flexibility, memory and problem solving.

Participants also had to provide birth date and gender, had to be between 15 and 85 years old and had to be in the United States. That criteria resulted in more than 3.3 million participants.

Other smartest cities in the top 10 were:

3.Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN

4. Iowa City, IA

5.Ames, IA

6. Ann Arbor, MI

7. Bloomington, IN

8. Madison, WI

9. Lawrence, KS

10. Pullman, WA