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What’s the nerdiest U.S. city? (Hint: It isn’t San Diego)


When you think of America’s nerdiest cities — OK, if you think about them — your mind likely gravitates toward San Diego, the summer destination of tens and thousands of people each July for Comic-Con International, or San Jose, known as the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” or Seattle, home to Amazon, Emerald City Comicon and Penny Arcade Expo (and neighbor of Microsoft).

But when the real-estate website compiled its own list of the 10 nerdiest cities in the United States, none of those locations came out on top. Heck, San Diego didn’t make the cut at all.

Instead, the nerd crown went to Atlanta, home to DragonCon and also the website’s top city for gamers. It’s followed by: Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Sacramento; Minneapolis; Boston; Las Vegas; Miami; San Jose (all the way down at No. 9); and Denver.

So how did the site arrive at that list? By using an arcane formula that factored in the number of annual comics, video game, anime and sci-fi/fantasy conventions, the number of people per comics store, video game store, traditional gaming store, computer store, bookstore, LARPing group and science museum, and the distance to the nearest Renaissance fair.Los Angeles, which didn’t make the Top 10, and the most conventions, but Portland, Sacramento and Las Vegas had the most comic shops per capita. And so on. Atlanta, it seems, came out well ahead on bookstores and LARPing groups. San Diego clearly needs to up its game, or at least put its Chamber of Commerce to work attracting Renaissance fairs.



Simon DelMonte

April 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

NYC has plenty of comic shops, is home to DC and Marvel, and has tons of bookstores.

Alas, it has NYCC and not much else. Lunacon, our local SF con, is dying and has been doing so for years.

So it’s not a surprise we don’t rank.


As someone who grew up in Miami and still goes back many many times a year, I am surprised to see it made the list. I can’t even see how it matched their criteria. Miami has two comic book shops, all of which are dreary, unfriendly and the size of a utility closet. It’s also not a welcoming nerd culture in general.

I can’t see how NYC or San Diego didn’t make the list. I def. will take this with a grain of salt.

NYC didn’t make the list because, as Simon stated, is dying. Comic Con is a joke and a lot of people who attend it are individuals from other states or countries.

Nerd culture covers a lot more than comics, but that said, the top three cities are home to Top Shelf Comics, Oni Press, Dark Horse Comics and Fantagraphics, so DC and Marvel can stick it.

Kind of surprised not to see Orlando, FL on the list. Our nerd/geek communities are stronger than ever and between Disney, Universal and NASA in our backyard, we’ve got fairly strong mix of “nerd-oriented” subcultures.


Considering that I’ll be going to Atlanta for Christmas Holidays and was worried I’d bore myself to death there… this actually sounds promising :)

Seattle represennnnttt!!!

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