According to a new list released by Fast Company, Seattle placed third in a recent ranking of smart cities in North America. No kidding. Smart cities are rated using something called the Smart Cities Wheel - Which sounds crazy scientific, right?! - on six categories: economy, environment, governance, living, mobility, and people. Washington beat out cities like New York, Chicago, Toronto and Washington D.C. It was awesome.
You know, because we're all hella smart and stuff.
Here's the "Smart Cities Wheel" - just to prove this is real science and crap.
(Notice how I'm all using Google Chrome and have about 17 documents and programs open in that screenshot, which is hella smart and shit.)
According to Boyd's intricate calculations, there are two cities smarter than Seattle: Boston and San Francisco. While I can't argue with San Francisco's spot, you would think the Ben Affleck factor would have dropped Beantown down a few notches.
But back to Seattle. Here's what Fast Company has to say about our collective smarts:
Seattle impressively scored in the top three in four of the six components of the Smart Cities Wheel. Seattle achieved top billing in smart governance, grabbing a No. 1 position in the e-governance ranking from the E-Governance Institute. Seattle has been a North American pioneer developing its first e-government strategy in 2004, and more recently using both RFIDs to track waste and Twitter to communicate about stolen vehicles.
Seattle has always done well on green rankings and showed leadership early by helping to establish the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The city also performed well on the Smart Economy component. In fact, Seattle had the highest economic performance rank of U.S. cities in this ranking (in the Brookings Institute study). Brookings measures economic performance as a function of GDP, employment, population, and income.
What other cities make the smart cities list? You'll have to jump over here and see for yourself.
Spoiler alert: Much like Portland, Tacoma is also not listed. Apparently neither is a top-ten smart city. Kinda fucked up, yo.