According to the Smartest Cities 2013 ranking by Lumosity, which harvested data from cognitive training exercises taken by 3 million participants, Somerville is the 13th smartest city in the country. In Massachusetts, only neighboring Cambridge ( No. 5) and tri-college town Amherst (No. 7) scored higher.
Lumosity provides cognitive training games in the areas of memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem solving on its website. The Smartest Cities ranking was measured based on the scores of participants who had played at least one game in each of the five areas, and who had provided gender information and a birth date that placed them between the ages of 15 to 85. Users’ locations were tracked down using their IP addresses.
The smartest city of 2013? Stanford, California. Look out Silicon Valley: Somerville missed the top 100 altogether in 2012. We’re coming for the No. 1 spot in 2014.