UNC-Chapel Hill is no longer the “Smartest College Town” in the U.S., according to the website Daily Beast.

Chapel Hill slipped to second from first place on the initial list in 2009. Cambridge, Mass. – home to Harvard and MIT – is the new No. 1.

 

Chapel Hill’s population includes 47 percent who have graduate degrees or higher. Thirty-six percent of the population is made up of students.

Cambridge’s population with graduate degrees or higher is 43 percent. Twenty-three percent of the residents are students. In 2009, Cambridge ranked fourth.

The Daily Beasts selects the top towns based on the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degrees per capita for the over-25 population (30 percent), data from the US Census.
  • Graduate degrees per capita for the over-25 population (30 percent), data from the US Census.
  • Median math and reading SAT scores for the student population of town’s major college or colleges (30 percent), data from the National Center on Education Statistics.
  • Libraries per capita (10 percent), with data from Citysearch.

For the full report, read here.

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