For the second straight year, Forbes.com has ranked Boulder as the smartest city in the USA.
The rankings were based on the percentage of adults 25 and older with at least a bachelor's degree. In Boulder, 53 percent of adults do. Ninety-three percent graduated from high school and 4 percent have a PhD.
You'd never know it by the drivers we have here... or the housing prices... or the number of single women... the complete lack of night-life... in fact, aside from proximity to the mountains, there's very little to recommend this town to anyone who's not directly involved with CU.
I live in Boulder. An interesting city, but the most intelligent? No. And you cannot say we're full of hippies. Not real ones.
Everyday our town becomes more and more a one-horse college town. I've witnessed it happen. Slowly but surely the hipness that started in the 60's is dying; rotting away. Slowly but surely the endless copy-and-paste suburbs and shopping plazas that have been creeping towards this town like the shadow of Sauron's powers are influencing the culture here. All that's left of the hippies are Hippies-Lite - global warming, stop polluting, drink starbucks, but beyond that it doesn't get more "hippie." These folks aren't independant thinkers anymore. Someone says something about the environment on TV, they believe it. If there's a Vietnam War, they do not partake in mass protest or upheaval.
To be quite certain, the last hippies which belonged to a majority are the parents of the passive tree-savers who fill the coffee shops and Apple stores. The last hippies are old, they're tired, and the spark which once lit their souls now fades. Their children don't want to be like them. But the drugs are good.
And thus Boulder becomes another college town. Maybe not today. But soon.