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Decatur named 7th smartest city in Georgia

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Decatur named 7th smartest city in Georgia

Ronny Berry learns to solder during the 2015 Atlanta Maker Faire in Decatur. File Photo: Jonathan Phillips
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Ronny Berry learns to solder during the 2015 Atlanta Maker Faire in Decatur. File Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Ronny Berry learns to solder during the 2015 Atlanta Maker Faire in Decatur.
File Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Zippia, a “site dedicated to careers”, has named Decatur No. 7 on its list of the 10 smartest cities in Georgia.

“One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them,” a press release from the company says. “This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there. So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees.”

Decatur ranked below Johns Creek and above Rincon. The site determined its rankings by the percentage of adults with a high school education and the percentage of drop outs.

“We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation,” the press release says. “And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80 percent of students graduate from high school nowadays.”

According to the press release, “The coveted No. 7 spot has fallen to the residents in Decatur. Numbering around 20,000 people this city is doing it big with only 1.8% of high school students dropping out of school.”

The top 10 smartest cities are:

  1. Pooler
  2. Alpharetta
  3. Suwanee
  4. Kennesaw
  5. St. Marys
  6. Johns Creek
  7. Decatur
  8. Rincon
  9. Duluth
  10. Dunwoody

To read more about each of these cities, click here.

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