Rockville, Takoma Park, and Gaithersburg Ranked in Top Five Smartest Cities in Maryland

Three of the top five smartest cities to live in Maryland are in Montgomery County, according to a new report.

The career research website,, ranks Rockville (#3), Takoma Park (#4), and Gaithersburg (#5) in the top 10 Smartest Cities in Maryland list. The number one city on the list is Annapolis.

Zippia’s analysts utilized data from the census to determine the relative intelligence of a city’s residents. They compared the 22 largest cities in Maryland for two key indicators:

  • Percentage of adults with at least a college education (Higher is smarter)
  • Percentage of teenagers that are high school dropouts (Lower is smarter)

The cities of Rockville, Takoma Park and Gaithersburg all have a small high school dropout rate at two percent.

Nearly two thirds of adults in Rockville have a college degree (63.98%). More than half of the adults in both Takoma Park (56.73%) and Gaithersburg (52.73%) have a college degree. According to Zippia, only about 30% of Americans over 25 have graduated from college.

Click here for the full report.

One may conclude Maryland places a high value on education. Read our article, “WalletHub Ranks Maryland 2nd for Most Educated State” to see how the state ranks nationally.

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