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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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