The synapses are sizzling in the Lawrence, Kansas, metropolitan area. The home of the University of Kansas climbed into the top 20 communities in the Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index — advancing by 33 spots over the past three years.
In No. 19 Lawrence, the economic development agency cites the region’s “youthful energy generated by a university population of more than 30,000” as well as its proximity to Kansas City among its strengths.
Columbus, home of the main campus of Ohio State University, has risen 12 spots in the past three years on the concentration index — finally cracking the Top 50. Charlottesville, location of the state’s flagship University of Virginia, has moved into the Top 10, rising three positions from 2016.
Two other metropolitan areas broke into the Top 50 on this year’s Brain Concentration Index. Pittsburgh — site of Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh among others — rose to 48. Rochester, New York, home of University of Rochester, ranked No. 47. View the full rankings here.