ITHACA, NY—Ithaca is eggheads—at least according to a new ranking of the Smartest Cities in the country. The home of Ithaca College and Cornell University tops almost 500 other cities on the list, many of them college towns as well.
The rankings were compiled by Lumosity.com, a website devoted to helping users train their brains to maximize performance through the use of games and tests, all based on the latest research in neuroscience. The results draw from the site’s database of how users perform on those games, grouped geographically by metropolitan area.
Ithaca tops the overall ranking, but comes up first in specific areas of cognitive performance, too: flexibility, problem solving and speed. It’s also ranked number one in the Under 35 age group.
This newest accolade follows Ithaca being ranked the “Number One College Town” in the country by The American Institute for Economic Research, and “The Most Secure Place to Live” by Farmers Insurance Group. Both titles were awarded last fall.
Update: July 30, 2013:
Kiplinger, the publisher of financial advice and business forecasts, recently ranked the City of Ithaca as No. 8 in their 2013 listing of "10 Great Places to Live." Ithaca topped Dubuque, IA and Anchorage, AK in the rankings, while Little Rock, AR took the top spot this year.