If you ever question the wisdom coming out of our nation’s capital, don’t blame a lack of education. Washington, D.C., (together with its Virginia suburbs, Arlington and Alexandria) ranks eighth, a fact probably related to its many lawyers. Bethesda, Md., a D.C. suburb and a growing metropolitan area in its own right, comes in second place. It’s home to the National Institutes of Health, which employs 18,627, and Lockheed Martin, which employs 135,000 in the aerospace and defense sector.
The Top 10 cities, ranked from highest to lowest, were Boulder, CO; Bethesda, MD; Ann Arbor, MI; Cambridge, MA; San Francisco, CA; Durham, NC; Fort Collins-Loveland, CO; Washington, DC; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT; and San Jose, CA.