The Business Journal recently released a study measuring total brainpower in 102 metro markets. It’s not 100% clear from the study, or this chart, whether they’re referring to DC proper or to the national capital region, but either way the results are impressive. Washington wins the brainpower battle by a fairly significant margin. This bodes well for the District in terms of entrepreneurship and future business growth. Right now, our economy remains too dependent on federal government spending and there is a serious need to diversify our economy. People with bachelor’s degrees and above are far more likely to start new business enterprises than the rest of the population. This will help as the District reorients itself away from a government-centric economy.

 

Market Brainpower score Brainpower rankAscending Adults with high school diplomas Adults with bachelor’s degrees Adults with graduate degrees
Washington 6.9382 1 90.0% 47.6% 22.8%
Madison, Wis. 5.5477 2 94.5% 42.9% 17.6%
Bridgeport-Stamford, Conn. 5.3254 3 89.3% 44.9% 19.4%
Boston 5.1787 4 90.6% 43.0% 19.0%
San Jose 5.0589 5 86.4% 45.7% 20.1%
Durham, N.C. 4.9767 6 87.5% 43.1% 20.4%
San Francisco-Oakland 4.1938 7 87.5% 44.2% 17.3%
Raleigh 3.1465 8 89.8% 41.3% 13.8%
Minneapolis-St. Paul 3.1034 9 93.0% 38.7% 12.8%
Colorado Springs 2.8696 10 93.9% 34.8% 13.4%
Albany, N.Y. 2.8080 11 91.7% 33.8% 15.2%
Seattle 2.7665 12 91.4% 37.3% 13.5%
Denver 2.6797 13 89.5% 38.9% 13.7%
Portland, Maine 2.6413 14 92.8% 35.8% 12.9%
Hartford 2.6374 15 89.4% 35.4% 15.4%
Austin 2.5165 16 87.9% 40.2% 13.6%
Baltimore 2.4861 17 88.6% 35.7% 15.3%
Provo, Utah 2.0433 18 93.4% 35.7% 10.6%
New Haven, Conn. 1.8431 19 88.2% 32.5% 15.1%
Portland, Ore. 1.7728 20 90.5% 34.1% 12.5%
Rochester, N.Y. 1.7551 21 89.4% 32.3% 14.1%
New York City 1.6928 22 84.8% 36.5% 14.9%
Worcester, Mass. 1.5618 23 89.2% 33.7% 12.9%
Philadelphia 1.4721 24 88.7% 33.4% 13.1%
Kansas City 1.3862 25 90.5% 33.0% 11.8%
Des Moines, Iowa 1.3646 26 92.3% 34.2% 9.9%
Columbus 1.3185 27 90.1% 33.3% 11.7%
Chicago 1.1885 28 86.6% 34.4% 13.1%
Omaha 1.1883 29 91.1% 32.9% 10.8%
Atlanta 1.1157 30 87.5% 34.7% 12.1%
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 1.0201 31 88.4% 30.7% 13.2%
Pittsburgh 1.0064 32 91.8% 29.8% 11.3%
Buffalo 0.9565 33 89.8% 29.2% 12.8%
San Diego 0.8393 34 85.3% 34.1% 13.0%
St. Louis 0.7993 35 89.7% 30.5% 11.7%
Milwaukee 0.7962 36 89.6% 32.0% 11.0%
Honolulu 0.7880 37 90.3% 31.6% 10.7%
Syracuse, N.Y. 0.7637 38 89.1% 29.1% 12.7%
Albuquerque 0.5940 39 87.4% 29.7% 13.0%
Salt Lake City 0.4020 40 88.9% 31.0% 10.7%
Indianapolis 0.4012 41 88.6% 31.2% 10.8%
Ogden, Utah 0.3979 42 92.5% 29.3% 9.1%
Richmond 0.3843 43 86.6% 32.0% 11.7%
Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla. 0.3647 44 89.7% 28.3% 11.4%
Springfield, Mass. 0.3455 45 86.8% 29.7% 12.6%
Tucson 0.2907 46 87.2% 29.8% 12.1%
Harrisburg, Pa. 0.2727 47 89.7% 28.5% 11.0%
Charleston, S.C. 0.2490 48 87.8% 31.1% 10.9%
Charlotte 0.2193 49 87.2% 33.1% 10.2%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk 0.1960 50 89.7% 28.6% 10.7%
Cincinnati 0.1786 51 88.8% 29.5% 10.8%
Akron, Ohio 0.1474 52 90.5% 28.4% 10.1%
Columbia, S.C. 0.0982 53 87.9% 29.6% 11.1%
Nashville 0.0001 54 87.2% 30.9% 10.6%
Knoxville, Tenn. -0.0259 55 87.9% 29.0% 11.0%
Boise, Idaho -0.0481 56 90.0% 29.2% 9.4%
Cleveland -0.0966 57 88.6% 28.0% 10.8%
Sacramento -0.0968 58 87.7% 30.0% 10.4%
Jackson, Miss. -0.2006 59 86.4% 29.3% 11.3%
Detroit -0.2323 60 88.1% 27.8% 10.8%
Palm Bay-Melbourne, Fla. -0.4691 61 90.0% 25.9% 9.7%
Grand Rapids, Mich. -0.4898 62 89.3% 27.5% 9.3%
Little Rock, Ark. -0.5125 63 88.6% 27.7% 9.6%
Oklahoma City -0.6133 64 87.6% 28.2% 9.7%
Dayton, Ohio -0.6290 65 88.8% 25.1% 10.4%
Wichita, Kans. -0.6498 66 88.9% 27.8% 8.9%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks, Calif. -0.6742 67 82.5% 31.3% 11.4%
Allentown-Bethlehem, Pa. -0.7336 68 87.7% 26.5% 10.1%
Dallas-Fort Worth -0.7771 69 83.7% 31.4% 10.2%
Providence -0.7906 70 83.8% 29.2% 11.2%
Orlando -0.8096 71 87.4% 27.8% 9.4%
Phoenix -0.8133 72 86.2% 28.4% 9.9%
Jacksonville -0.8925 73 88.7% 27.3% 8.5%
Louisville -0.9106 74 87.3% 25.9% 10.1%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale -1.0793 75 83.6% 28.8% 10.6%
Toledo, Ohio -1.0806 76 89.3% 23.9% 9.2%
Birmingham -1.1729 77 85.3% 27.1% 10.0%
Tampa-St. Petersburg -1.2841 78 87.5% 26.0% 8.7%
Tulsa -1.4052 79 88.1% 25.8% 8.0%
Greenville, S.C. -1.4133 80 84.0% 27.5% 9.9%
Baton Rouge, La. -1.4523 81 86.1% 26.8% 8.7%
Memphis -1.6038 82 85.9% 25.7% 8.9%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. -1.6337 83 86.8% 24.1% 9.0%
New Orleans -1.6493 84 84.5% 26.3% 9.4%
Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa. -1.7220 85 88.6% 22.3% 8.4%
Los Angeles -1.7580 86 78.2% 31.3% 10.8%
Houston -1.7765 87 81.0% 29.0% 10.0%
Greensboro, N.C. -1.9096 88 84.8% 26.4% 8.3%
Augusta, Ga. -2.0248 89 85.3% 23.8% 8.9%
San Antonio -2.0614 90 82.9% 26.0% 9.3%
Lancaster, Pa. -2.6203 91 84.0% 23.5% 8.0%
Chattanooga, Tenn. -2.6407 92 84.2% 23.1% 8.0%
Youngstown, Ohio -2.8251 93 88.5% 19.3% 6.4%
Las Vegas -3.1208 94 83.9% 22.0% 7.2%
Lakeland, Fla. -4.6160 95 82.3% 18.1% 5.4%
Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif. -4.7258 96 78.6% 19.4% 6.9%
El Paso, Texas -5.5208 97 74.2% 20.6% 6.7%
Stockton, Calif. -5.5799 98 77.1% 18.3% 5.7%
Modesto, Calif. -6.1343 99 76.6% 16.2% 5.3%
Fresno, Calif. -6.1951 100 72.9% 19.2% 6.1%
Bakersfield, Calif. -7.3234 101 72.1% 15.0% 5.1%
McAllen-Edinburg, Texas -9.2939 102 62.3% 16.1% 4.8%

Source: Washington Business Journal

Link to WBJ story: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/news-wire/2014/02/27/tbj-brainpower-rankings-2014.html?ana=e_wash_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2014-02-27