Tar and Abby

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We're so proud!


Forbes has named us the 11th Geekiest city in the country.

" ranks near the top for the highest percentage of geeks, as measured by the number of workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.

It ranks us as the 11th geekiest city in the nation, just after Seattle at No. 10 -- that's plenty of geekiness but with sunnier weather...

But here, it's more than the numbers considered by Forbes that add to its geeky appeal.

Few other cities in the country name their streets after scientific heroes, chemical elements and subatomic particles.

People live or work on Einstein Avenue, Curie Street, Proton Lane and Mercury Drive.

They buy groceries at Atomic Foods, bowl at Atomic Bowl and drink at Atomic Ale Brewpub and Eatery. Babies are dressed in onsies with the warning symbol for radioactive waste on the backside...

(Our academic teams designed their competition t-shirt around the radioactive theme. Was a best seller!)

While the Forbes article looked only at percentages of workers, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Index of Innovation and Technology puts more statistics to the area's standing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It found that in 2009, there were 32 scientists or engineers for every 1,000 people employed in both counties. That's almost 80 percent more than statewide."


9 comments:

MakingSpace said...

Atomic Foods? ????????

froggy said...

You betcha. Kind along the lines of Piggley Wiggley. ;-)

MakingSpace said...

Piggley Wiggley?????? Hahaha

Who names grocery stores anyway? I shop at Safeway. Presumably a store named by someone who had been to an Atomic Foods and a Piggley Wiggley in quick succession. Haha

Dani said...

Geeks ROCK!

Big Shamu said...

I think this is pretty fantastic.

Bob said...

Oh, I doubt Atomic Foods is anything like our Smallville Piggly Wiggly.
Except for the radioactive waste.

Joy said...

Congratulations!! I'd like to live in a city with geekatude!

Joy said...

Are there a lot of cases of Asperger's there? It generally runs rampant in places like Silicon Valley where geeks marry geeks.

froggy said...

I'm not sure re Asperger's - though we did have a dedicated classroom in one of the middle schools. It may have gone by the wayside with current and upcoming draconian budget cuts.