The Presidents Leadership Class is located in Boulder, Colorado, a town that has won more accolades than any other city in America for its business climate, culture, health, recreation and overall quality of life. And now a new ranking from the popular Web site “The Daily Beast” ranks Boulder as the brainiest city in the country. The Daily Beast ranking is based on three variables: the share of adults 25 and older who have advanced degrees; the share of employment made up by computer scientists and mathematicians; and how many working scientists are in the metro areas. The staff at The Daily Beast compiled data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to rank 362 U.S. metro regions.
Boulder is also home to the University of Colorado, which houses some of the nation’s best science programs and was recently named by BusinessWeek as the nation’s best place for start-up companies.
Here are some examples of recent lists with Boulder at or near the top.
* 10 Best Cities for the next decade. Kiplingers, May 2010