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4 Alabama metros rank in Top 100 of ‘America’s Smartest Cities’

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Four Alabama metropolitan areas ranked among the nation’s 100 “Smartest Cities” in an analysis that examines which metro areas are gaining brainpower in the 21st Century.

To compile its list, researcher NewGeography scored the nation’s 380 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) based on three criteria related to gains in educational attainment since 2000. The Auburn-Opelika MSA was Alabama’s top-ranking metro area, landing at No. 4 on the researcher’s “America’s Smartest Cities” list. Huntsville was No. 61, and the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area was No. 73. Birmingham-Hoover ranked No. 100 on the NewGeography list.

“To have four metro areas score in the top 100 of ‘America’s Smartest Cities’ shows that Alabama has vibrant local economies, strong colleges and universities, as well as a growing base of knowledge-based jobs,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “These factors make Alabama attractive to companies from the U.S. and around the world when they are looking for a location to expand their operations.”

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