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Wired’s 10 Best Geek Cities List

It’s hard out there for a geek. No really, it is. While it may seem that everyone you know has their own webpage, two cell phones and knows the Bill Gates biography a little too well, not every city is fully equipped for the geekiest among us.

Wired magazine compiled a list of the 10 Best Geek Cities in America, using what they call “highly scientific methodology as well as algorithms snuck out of NASA and Google.”

To find out if your city made the cut, just

The list, which includes my homebase, assessed the geekiness of more than 30 major US cities based on their proximity to top-ranked engineering schools, tech jobs per capita, personal ads per capita on Geek 2 Geek, Craigslists postings per capita, number of attendees at local meetings of dorkbot, a group for “people doing strange things with electricity, available free wifi, comic book stores and Circuit City stores.

  • Seattle, WA
  • San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Austin, TX
  • New York City, NY
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • Boston, MA
  • Washington, DC
  • Orlando, FL


  • Check out the full list (with reasons) in the new issue of Wired magazine, out Jan. 5.





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Tech Tech 10 years
Thanks for the great eye SeptemberLights. C and W are too far away from one another on the keyboard...
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
Sorta seems like the nerdiest cities rather than the geekiest (judging from their criteria). [And, yes, there's a HUGE difference between Geeks and Nerds.] :p I'd go with Seattle, as well.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
Seattle Washington i think.
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