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."