Where Are America’s Smartest Cities?

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Supporters listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speak at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at DAR Constitutional Hall in Washington, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

And let’s be honest: if you need to ask the question, you clearly don’t live in one of them.

The nation’s capital has come out on top, according to new Census Bureau data, which shows that 47.3% (that’s nearly half! NewsFeed wants to be smart too!) of people 25 years or older have bachelor’s, master’s, professional school or doctorate degrees in Washington D.C. In case you were wondering, the national average just reaches 25% (that’s a quarter!)

Rounding out your top five brain-busting locales:  San Francisco in second (43.5%) followed by San Jose in third (43.2%), Raleigh, in North Carolina, came fourth (42.2%) and Boston, home to some of the world’s greatest universities (and undoubted best baseball team) was fifth with 42.2% of its population holding a degree.

And D.C. being top of the tree doesn’t surprise John Schmidt, senior economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “There’s a very high share of federal government employees here,” he said, “and people dealing with the federal government, including defense contractors, lobbyists, businesses that want to influence the regulatory process; there’s lots of lawyers.”

Now if only these smarty-pants working in the capital could actually agree with each other on issues like, you know, how to run the country, we’d really start making progress. (via CNN Money)