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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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