2 Piedmont Triad places make top-10 list of smartest cities in North Carolina

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Oak Ridge (Credit: Google Maps)

Two Piedmont Triad places have made a list of North Carolina’s top 10 smartest cities.

The list, compiled by Zippia, determined the “smartest places” by looking at high school graduation and dropout data, among other criteria.

Oak Ridge came in at No. 5 on the list. Summerfield came in at No. 7. Both are located in Guilford County.

Marvin, a village south of Charlotte, got the No. 1 spot on the list, followed by Weddington, Davidson and Pinehurst.

Zippia explained how they compiled the list this way:

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in North Carolina, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 132 places in North Carolina.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

  • Percentage of adults with at least a high school education (Higher is smarter)
  • Percentage of teenagers that are high school dropouts (Lower is smarter)

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 132 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In North Carolina.”

To view the full list and for more information, visit zippia.com.