America's 20 Smartest Small Towns

Where brains and high property values meet
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User
Posted Jan 10, 2009 6:59 PM CST
Bethesda, Md. attracts brainy folk from state capital Georgetown.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – America's brainiest small towns boast high property values and high culture. Forbes lists the nation's smartest:

  1. Bethesda, Md.: Nearby Georgetown and the National Institutes of Health draw brainy folk to Bethesda, which has a rate of advanced degrees five times higher than the nation's.
  2. Wellesley, Mass.: Home to two private colleges and some of the state's top high schools, Wellesley is just 13 miles from brainy Boston.

  1. Palo Alto, Calif.: Palo Alto's scholarly folk, drawn by Stanford University, maintain a median income of $119,000.
  2. McLean, Va.: Many officials and politicians are drawn here from nearby Washington, DC.
  3. Los Altos, Calif.: Pulls in some of Stanford's tenure-track faculty and probably has even higher property values than Palo Alto.
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