Bragging rights, just barely, go to the Hawkeyes on this one.

 

Iowa City was ranked as the fourth smartest city in America, according to a study done by San Francisco-based Lumosity. Ames came in at No. 5 on the list.

 

As described in this article on VentureBeat, the study used data from more than 3 million people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 75 who played several Lumosity brain-training games.

 

Other Iowa cities that made the top 100 list were Cedar Rapids at No. 30, Waterloo-Cedar Falls at No. 45 and Des Moines-West Des Moines at No. 72. Omaha-Council Bluffs was also combined, and came in at No. 73.

 

The study seemed to favor college towns, as the top three were Ithaca, N.Y., State College, Pa., and Lafayette-West Lafayette, Ind. The top 10 was rounded out by Ann Arbor, Mich., Bloomington, Ind., Madison, Wis., Lawrence, Kan., and Pullman, Wash.

 

Lumosity is an online brain training research company that uses games intended to stimulate brain activity through skills such as memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem solving. The service offers limited free access, but costs $72 for a yearly subscription or $14.95 for a monthly subscription. Read more.