San Francisco is the 19th Geekiest City in the U.S. – We Call Foul
Only 19th? We don’t know about you, San Francisco, but at Reset we’re all geek, all the time.
Urban Dictionary defines a Geek as: The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult.
According to the National Science Foundation, however, a geek is a worker with at least a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering related fields that works in an occupation that requires some technical knowledge or training. And apparently San Francisco is seriously lacking in people who fit those qualifications.
The National Science Foundation determined the top 20-geek cities based on the percentage of workers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations. Based on this National Science Foundation ranking, San Francisco comes up short when it comes to the largest concentrations of geeks in the U.S.
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We at Reset, however, call a serious foul. Reset team members are self-proclaimed geeks; just ask us about search engine optimization, data analysis or Twitter. We’ll drop some serious nerd knowledge.
Former Mayor Gavin Newsom even proclaimed, “We’re all geeks” when asked about San Francisco. So how can it be we are only 19th? Our neighbors to the south San Jose came in 1st. Heck, Hunstville, Alabama has San Francisco beat by 15 slots! The National Science Foundation’s research showed that only 9.7% of San Francisco’s workforce works in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
In 2006, Wired magazine ranked San Francisco the second best geek city in the nation based on its proximity to top-ranked engineering schools, tech jobs per capita, job ads on Craigslist, number of comic book stores, and attendees at tech based meetings. We think that perhaps the National Science Foundation should consider some of these metrics as well. San Francisco is home to Twitter and Zynga - we are a city full of tech innovation. San Francisco companies like these create tons of geek-based jobs. Just because we didn’t earn a degree in a geek field doesn’t mean we aren’t geeks.
What do you think, San Francisco – are you a geek and proud of it? Let us know!