A pioneer of understanding the composition and mechanics of the "knowledge economy," CityLab principal and data-meister Richard Florida sets his Martin Prosperity Institute research unit to the task of heat-mapping America's quilt-work of high-IQs and advanced degrees.
MPI associate Karen King popped into the data well of the American Community Survey and crunched 381 metros to develop a geographic canvas of "brain power" clusters. Here's a taste of Florida's observations:
Brainy metros have higher levels of wealth and affluence. The share of adults with graduate or professional degrees is closely associated with economic output per capita (.47), income per capita (.65), and average wages (.62).
Brainy metros also have higher levels of innovation and high-tech industry. The share of adults with graduate or professional degrees is closely associated with the concentration of high-tech industry (.67) and the rate of innovation (.64, measured as patents per capita).