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Boulder #2 CyberCity in the US

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Here’s an interesting stat.  The Rocky Mountain News states that Boulder ranks No. 2 among ‘cybercities’ with 230 high-tech works per 1,000This is according to a study by the American Electronics Association.

The top five are:

  • San Jose/Silicon Valley: 286
  • Boulder: 230
  • Huntsville, AL: 188
  • Durham, NC: 156
  • Washington: 132

It’s a strange list, especially since San Jose/Silicon Valley isn’t actually a city!  Just more proof that you can come up with a list for pretty much any measurement you want.  I wonder if this counts all the folks on laptops hanging out all day at Trident.

  • http://www.graduatedtaste.com/ Steve Place

    And Huntsville only counts because in that town there's NASA and nothing else.

  • Steve Bergstein

    Interesting that the Boston area didn't make the list. Maybe they couldn't come up with a Route 128 analog to Silicon Valley.

  • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

    via email from a blog reader: “Actually, clustering San Jose and “silicon valley” together is probably that only thing that prevents this list from looking like a list of bay-area cities south of San Mateo. Where do you think boulder would rank if Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Menlo Park were counted as individual cities in addition to San Jose? It would probably move from 2nd to 6th…”

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      That is probably true and a good / interesting observation. Just more evidence that how you cluster the data causes the lists to tell you what you want them to.

  • Zach_Beauvais

    It's an impressive city, isn't it? I've heard the wireless is brilliant too. If only there was a way to replicate the heady mixture of a laid-back coffee-culture, eco-friendliness and technological savvy from Boulder to the lovely hills of Shropshire, especially the coffee and tech… Oh well.

  • Steve Place

    And Huntsville only counts because in that town there's NASA and nothing else.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/steve_bergs2127 steve_bergs2127

    Interesting that the Boston area didn't make the list. Maybe they couldn't come up with a Route 128 analog to Silicon Valley.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    That is probably true and a good / interesting observation. Just more evidence that how you cluster the data causes the lists to tell you what you want them to.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    via email from a blog reader: "Actually, clustering San Jose and "silicon valley" together is probably that only thing that prevents this list from looking like a list of bay-area cities south of San Mateo. Where do you think boulder would rank if Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Menlo Park were counted as individual cities in addition to San Jose? It would probably move from 2nd to 6th…"

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Zach_Beauvais Zach_Beauvais

    It's an impressive city, isn't it? I've heard the wireless is brilliant too. If only there was a way to replicate the heady mixture of a laid-back coffee-culture, eco-friendliness and technological savvy from Boulder to the lovely hills of Shropshire, especially the coffee and tech… Oh well.

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