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Grand Rapids ranks as No. 4 'smartest' city in US

November 21, 2014
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GVSU, founded in 1960, has a student body of more than 25,000 students and an estimated economic impact of more than $730 million on the region. Courtesy GVSU

Grand Rapids is among the “Top 10 Smartest Cities” in the country.

A contributor at Forbes — who’s a professor of urban studies at Orange, Calif.-based Chapman University — looked at 380 metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, applying three criteria, to determine which cities are the “smartest.”

The Grand Rapids-Wyoming market earned the No. 4 four spot thanks in part to the fact that 30.6 percent of the population holds college degrees.

The market has also seen a 92.7-percent increase in its college-educated population since 2000.

The methodology of the ranking is described in the post at Forbes.

“Top 10 Smartest Cities”

1.   Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass., N.H.
2.   Pittsburgh, Pa.
3.   San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
4.   Grand Rapids-Wyoming
5.   Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, Washington, D.C., Va., Md., W.V.
6.   Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md.
7.   Raleigh, N.C.
8.   San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.
9.   Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.
10. New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y., N.J., Pa.

Source: Forbes, 2014

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