The dumbest city in America

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by KTMom91, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Local news just released the results of a survey...The Daily Beast ranked the 55 largest cities on their brainpower, and Fresno ranked number 55.

    I'm so proud...
  2. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Ummmm... at least you made the list! :p
  3. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    I could post something about the city schools but... Oh! Never mind! :rofl: At least you're an intellectual giant among your peers. :thumbsup:
  4. Kathy813

    Kathy813 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Hey, Atlanta is 23rd! It could be worse.

    by the way, I'm sure Raleigh-Durham is #1 because Fran lives there. Her IQ alone brought up the collective IQ score.


    Last edited: Oct 6, 2009
  5. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    ROFLMBO! :abouttime: Kathy, glad you noticed but I can barely remember how to spell lately.
  6. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    So? How do you find out?

    If my little burg is even on may be at the top of the list. Our schools have gotten failing grades for as long as we've lived here. Last year or so state threatened them if they couldn't at least squeak by with passing.......they would close the system.

    This of course after they spent a fortune on all new schools.......funny, but they never have that sort of money when it comes to paying good teachers. humph!
  7. Kathy813

    Kathy813 Well-Known Member Staff Member

  8. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    It must be the gangs bringing Fresno down. I was watching Gangland on the History channel and Fresno has this big gang - the Bull Dawgs or Red Dawgs or something.

    They looked pretty stupid to me barking at everyone. Literally. And, yet, they were so proud. I was embarrassed for them.

    Besides, they couldn't even spell "dogs" right.
  9. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Thanks for the link Kathy. That was pretty cool. I'm surrounded by smart cities. :D lol Not that it's rubbing off on the local population. :rofl:

  10. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Hmmm. I'm within a few hours of some of the top 50% of the cities listed. I'm only a couple of hours from Indianapolis and they are tied for 20th. Not bad but had they rated smaller towns? Pffft. I wouldn't want to see where my actual town rated.
  11. DazedandConfused

    DazedandConfused Active Member

    Raleigh-Durham is a big financial center. Most of the big banks have their headquarters there. In lieu of the banking bailout, and mess, I'm dubious as to the criteria used in the rankings.

    I'm formerly of Fresno. My sister lives there currently also. The Bulldogs are Fresno States mascot. Sometimes they will spell it "dawgs". But, I know they have gangs that like to wear the university clothing.
  12. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Well I guess I should be somewhat impressed. Within 6 hours of me in many directions quite a few cities were mentioned. Raleigh Durham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Richmond, Washington Difficult Child.
  13. Star*

    Star* call 911

    I can TELL you what the best state for political joke material is......

    Our former treasurer is a coke head - Ravenel
    Our governor is a womanizer, refuses stimulus money, and we all wish he'd take a hike - again - Mark Sanford
    Our congressman shouts out insults like he has tourettes - Joe Wilson
    Our representative insults the first lady - Rusty DePasse
    Our lieutenant Governor doesn't think speeding laws apply to him - Bauer
    Our former sec. of Agriculture is arrested for starving 8 horses - Trexler
    Our first lady wants nothing to do with publicity, begs for privacy and now is writing a book....way to go Jenny Sanford.

    I tell people I'm from Mexico and get less flap.
  14. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    Dazed - this particular gang had it's own Gangland episode. Supposedly, they're a pretty big threat and extremely violent.
  15. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    It looks to me as though the list is #1 - Smartest to #55 - Dumber. Portland is #9. I beg to differ that Seattle is tied for #7, and there is no #8. They always think they're better than us, so I suppose if you count arrogance in as being "smart", I'll buy that.
  16. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    Dazed and Confused, you may be mixing up Charlotte with Raleigh/Durham. Charlotte is a banking center. Raleigh is a research and technology center.
    Lots of medical research also.

    Witz, I have never spent much time in the PNW but I always got the feeling that Seattle feels a bit superior.
  17. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    It's from all that time that they spend sitting in traffic on I-5 contemplating life...
  18. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    Rofl. All that caffeine is probably a factor too.
  19. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    I can honestly say that I do not actually live in Fresno, thank goodness, but I'm closer than I'd like to be!

    Heather, there are many segments of the Bulldogs, pretty much one for each neighborhood, and in each of the surrounding towns. Years ago, when I was still working retail, I was talking to one of the security guards at one of the malls, and he told me the mall was considered to be within the territory of four local gangs, and it got interesting if there were members from different gangs there at the same time. They also were averaging one auto theft per day from their parking lots. I doubt things have gotten much better.
  20. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    I swear to goodness, it took us 3 hours to drive from Seattle to Tacoma one Friday afternoon, and that was just the usual Friday traffic. Seattle to Tacoma is about 30 miles.