Minneapolis is one of the nerdiest cities in the country, study says

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If Movoto's study can be believed, Minneapolis is the nerd capital of the Midwest.
A new study by Movoto concludes that Minneapolis is one of the nerdiest cities in the country.

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That's well and good, but here's the real question: Is that something to be proud of?

Movoto's analysis pegged Minneapolis as the fifth-nerdiest city out of the 50 largest in the country, behind Atlanta (the nerdiest), Portland, Seattle, and Sacramento (fourth-nerdiest).

Here's the methodology Movoto used:
-- Number of annual comic book, video game, anime, and sci-fi / fantasy conventions
-- People per comic book store
-- People per video game store
-- People per traditional gaming store
-- People per computer store
-- People per bookstore
-- People per LARPing group
-- People per science museum
-- Distance to the nearest Renaissance faire
Some of those "nerdy" things are unquestionably cool -- after all, who doesn't love a good comic book -- but proximity to the Ren Fest? We suppose how you feel about that depends on whether you enjoy grotesquely gigantic turkey legs.

If you're curious, the rest of the top 10 (from six onward) is rounded out by Boston, Las Vegas (really?), Miami (really?), San Jose, and Denver.

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14 comments
Tanner Slade Olson
Tanner Slade Olson

The word nerd shouldn't even get used anymore. Cracked has a funny article on it.

Hans Dykema
Hans Dykema

Chad Germann, I can't help but think you contributed to this ranking.

goldsel69
goldsel69

I scream alot when I am choking my chicken - I hope its not against the law !

Moe Kharrazi
Moe Kharrazi

Nerdy=lack of communication among people. Makes perfect sense.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

The problem is, that Atlanta is number 1? Beating out the entirety of the Pacific Northwest? Huh, not sure what to make of that.

rugulah
rugulah

@Joe StromMinneapolis was recently judged the most hipster city in the country. We're in the top five for bike city and gay city. We also (far and away) have the best parks according to The Trust for Public Land. It it's a good thing, Minneapolis AND St. Paul are in the top five.

HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

@Joe Strom Hipsters are far from nerds...even if they pretend to have Asperger's.

whatevs
whatevs

@HyperboleJoe Check out all the hipsters at that sci fi deal at Club Jager and get back to us.

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