Being nerdy is cool.
Some call it a trend while others claim it’s a way of life. Either way, there are plenty of self-proclaimed geeks all over the country, but the places on this list contain the highest amount of nerdy residents. Whether it’s due to a love of books or a love of science, from LARPing to attending Comic-Con, these 10 cities are the nerdiest in America.
10. Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.’s nerdy claim to fame? It boasts the most science museums in the United States, including the Marian Koshland Science Museum and the National Air and Space Museum.
9. Huntsville, AL
Another city that knows their stuff when it comes to the cosmos is Huntsville, Alabama. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is located here. Also, 16.2% of Huntsville’s workforce have jobs that are related to both math and science.
8. Framingham, MA
The residents of Framingham, Massachusetts are some of the smartest people in the U.S. 16.6% of people work in math and science related fields. These are the type of nerds that will end up stealing your girlfriend.
7. Raleigh, NC
If you’re into live-action role-playing, or LARPing, then Raleigh, North Carolina is the place for you. LARPing involves running around the woods dressed in medieval costume, dueling one another with foam swords. It’s like playing a real-life video game.
6. Portland, OR
Portland, Oregon, celebrates being nerdy. The more eccentric you are, the more you’re accepted in Portland. There’s no room for judgment, which makes this place a haven for all geeks. Not to mention it’s the city with the most comic book stores in the United States.
5. Oakland, CA
When it comes to having the most bookstores-per-capita, Oakland, California, ranks in the top three. But that’s not the only reason why Oakland is geeky; it also hosts Nerd Nite every year, an event that allows people to come together and soak up some knowledge on a multitude of topics.
4. Omaha, NE
In Omaha, you can be transported to the Middle Ages at the Nebraska Renaissance Faire. Nerds flock to this medieval gathering, dressing up in costumes from different time periods. Who wouldn’t want to eat giant turkey legs and watch jousting competitions?
3. Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, California is known for it’s geeky conventions. The city puts on a dozen every year, including the Comic and Sci-Fi Convention, the Comikaze Expo, and the Anime Expo. It’s a refuge for nerds everywhere, who travel to LA to dress up as their favorite characters and hangout with other fans.
2. Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, Georgia commemorates being a geek. Whatever you’re into, Atlanta has it. They have the most bookstores per population, the most video game stores per capita, the second highest ratio of LARP players, and a Renaissance faire.
1. Silicon Valley, CA
Yes – we know that Silicon Valley isn’t technically a city, but we had to include it in our list – 18.2% of the working population have jobs in the field of science and technology. Silicon Valley also has more computer stores than anywhere else in the U.S. The region is responsible for 40% of the nation’s venture capital. Not to mention it’s the home to the world’s largest companies; including Apple, Google, Facebook, and Intel.