DC, Bethesda Among Geekiest Cities

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011  |  Updated 5:21 PM EDT
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DC, Bethesda Among Geekiest Cities

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In case you've been wondering why, exactly, so many people still wear pleated-front khakis around here, we may finally have the answer.

Forbes released its list of America's Top 20 Geekiest Cities today. D.C. came in at #7, and Bethesda made the list at #9.

The magazine based its calculations (and calculations sound like something geeks make, so watch out, Forbes) based on the percentage of workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.

Apparently, that's 12.7 percent of the workforce in the District. Forbes writes:

"Uncle Sam needs a lot of brain power, and the private sector government-contracting conglomerates like Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton are conveniently located to provide the intellectual fire power."

That's all well and good, but we take issue with their wording. "Fire power" sounds too dynamic and shoot-a-guy out-of-a-cannon exciting, like this is some kind of circus. (No Congress jokes, please.)

Other fascinating cities on the list include Framingham, Mass.; Ithaca, N.Y. and Ames, Iowa.


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