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Technopolis c2005
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Technopolis c2005

The results are in, and according to Popular Science magazine, the top 10 "technopolis" cities are as follows. (1) Minneapolis, MN; (2) Atlanta, GA; (3) Washington, D.C.; (4) Boston, MA; (5) San Diego, CA; (6) Chicago, IL; (7) Columbus, OH; (8) Raleigh, NC; (9) Seattle, WA; and (10 Houston, TX; in that order. Popular Science surveyed academics, scientists, government officials, market researchers, think-tank intelligentsia, as well as their own staff to make their determinations. Hard statistical data was obtained from the Census Bureau, the Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, medical facilities, private foundations, and other such institutions. 127 cities were rated.

Data points were broken into six main categories. The first and most heavily weighted factor is termed "connected citizenry," and included percentage of households with broadband service, people with cellphones and what types of services they subscribed to, availability of Internet hotspots, etc. High tech transportation systems came next with considerations like modern facilities, equipment, alternative fuel usage, and success at attracting riders away from single occupancy vehicles. The number of high tech jobs per capita followed. Use of technology in education came after that, with points being scored for amount of money spent on R&D, students using computers in school, and publications. Smart use of energy included types of electrical production, transmission, monitoring, and customer education. Finally, use of technology in medicine considered use of GPS-aided emergency response teams, clinical investigation of new drugs and techniques, and doctor / nurse / patient communications.

While some cities understandably bubbled to the top in certain categories, like Boston for Education, Seattle for Connected Citizenry, San Diego for Medical & Emergency Technology, and San Jose for High Tech Jobs, Minneapolis emerged as the overall most rounded (although it did not place first in any category).

In case you are wondering, here is the entire list:

Rank
City
State
 Rank
City
State
1
Minneapolis/St. Paul
MN
 51
Syracuse
NY
2
Atlanta
GA
 52
Boise City
ID
3
Washington
DC
 53
Austin
TX
4
Boston/Cambridge
MA
 54
Santa Fe
NM
5
San Diego
CA
 55
Detroit
MI
6
Chicago
IL
 56
Miami
FL
7
Columbus
OH
 57
Hartford
CT
8
Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill
NC
 58
Portland
ME
9
Seattle/Bellevue/Everett
WA
 59
Pittsburgh
PA
10
Houston
TX
 60
Asheville
NC
11
San Francisco
CA
 61
West Palm Beach/Boca Raton
FL
12
Burlington
VT
 62
New Haven
CT
13
Albuquerque
NM
 63
Reno
NV
14
Denver
CO
 64
Bellingham
WA
15
Philadelphia
PA
 65
Fort Collins
CO
16
Sacramento
CA
 66
Oklahoma City
OK
17
San Jose
CA
 67
Greensboro/Winston-Salem
NC
18
Oakland
CA
 68
Des Moines
IA
19
Rochester
NY
 69
Memphis
TN
20
Providence
RI
 70
Orange
CA
21
Santa Barbara
CA
 71
Birmingham
AL
22
Kansas City
KS/MO
 72
Cleveland
OH
23
Salt Lake City
UT
 73
Greenville
SC
24
Boulder
CO
 74
Lansing
MI
25
Portland
OR
 75
Springfield
MO
26
Tucson
AZ
 76
Fort Lauderdale
FL
27
Dallas/Ft. Worth
TX
 77
Lowell
MA
28
Louisville
KY
 78
Las Vegas
NV
29
Los Angeles
CA
 79
Cedar Rapids
IA
30
Gainesville
FL
 80
Tallahassee
FL
31
Milwaukee
WI
 81
El Paso
TX
32
Ann Arbor
MI
 82
Fort Myers
FL
33
San Antonio
TX
 83
Nashua
NH
34
Tampa/St. Petersburg
FL
 84
Colorado Springs
CO
35
St. Louis
MO
 85
Fresno
CA
36
Baltimore
MD
 86
Danbury
CT
37
Phoenix
AZ
 87
Nashville
TN
38
Cincinnati
OH
 88
South Bend
IN
39
New York
NY
 89
New Orleans
LA
40
Charleston
SC
 90
Charlotte
NC
41
Albany
NY
 91
Richmond
VA
42
Madison
WI
 92
Waco
TX
43
Jacksonville
FL
 93
Dayton/Springfield
OH
44
Spokane
WA
 94
Harrisburg
PA
45
Omaha
NE
 95
Anchorage
AK
46
Indianapolis
IN
 96
Peoria
IL
47
Honolulu
HI
 97
Melbourne
FL
48
Huntsville
AL
 98
Norfolk/Virgina Beach
VA
49
Newark
NJ
 99
Wichita
KS
50
Orlando
FL
 100
Provo/Orem
UT
101
Toledo
OH
 115
Ocala
FL
102
Olympia
WA
 116
Newburgh
NY
103
Stamford
CT
 117
Lexington
KY
104
Knoxville
TN
 118
Mobile
AL
105
Grand Rapids
MI
 119
Flint
MI
106
Buffalo
NY
 120
Ventura
CA
107
Bridgeport
CT
 121
York
PA
108
Tulsa
OK
 122
Hackensack
NJ
109
Roanoke
VA
 123
Lake Charles
LA
110
Topeka
KS
 124
Lancaster
PA
111
Kalamazoo
MI
 125
Scranton
PA
112
Spartanburg
SC
 126
Clarksville
TN
113
New London
CT
 127
Poughkeepsie
NY
114
Pensacola
FL
    

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