If you want to date a dexter, you’ll have the best luck in these ten American cities
The nerds may have had their revenge in the ’80s, but it seems like they’re having the last laugh now in 2011. Geeks simply couldn’t be cooler these days. The Social Network — a film about the creation of Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg – was nominated for several Oscars, including a leading actor nod for Jesse Eisenberg. MZ himself was named Time magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year. Even on the CW’s overly melodramatic primetime soap opera, 90210, rich/cool kid Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord) is shocked to find herself in love with her dweeby science partner — and dressing up like an Avatar Na’vi to woo him. If super-smart but socially awkward guys are your particular bag, then today you’re in luck, because Up to Date, Match.com‘s official blog, has ranked the top ten cities to meet the dork of your dreams. Hey, everyone needs love, right?
#1 Sunnyvale, CA
It’s no big surprise that Sunnyvale made the cut! In addition to being in the heart of the super-geeky (and super wealthy) Silicon Valley, several techie companies like Maxim Integrated Products, Juniper Networks, Yahoo!, Palm, Inc. and Netapp are stationed here.
#2 Cambridge, MA
#3 Somerville, MA
Somerville is so close to Cambridge (they’re next-door-neighbors) that this sleepy Massachusetts town totally received a spillover of smartness — and (oh yeah) Tufts University also happens to be here.
#4 Berkeley, CA
This may be a progressive hippie town, but Berkeley isn’t for dummies! The prestigious University of California, Berkeley has its home here, as does the Bay Area Technology School, the only school in the whole Bay Area to offer a technology and science-based curriculum.
#5 Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara is in the heart of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of Intel, Sun Microsystems and Agilent Technologies. And — although they’re not outwardly dorky in the slightest, the San Francisco 49ers have their headquarters and practice facilities here, so you might just meet a smart, sexy, studly nerd!
#6 Ann Arbor, MI
In addition to housing the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is home to some of the biggest companies in the world. General Motors, the Argus camera company, Lotus Engineering, General Dynamics, the Toyota Technical Center, Borders Book and Domino’s pizza all reside here.
#7 Boulder, CO
I can’t really tell you why Boulder was listed as home for the geek squad, as some of the most rugged guys in America live here! Yes, they’re mostly hot, they like to hike and they’re into adventure sports. Plus, the USA Rugby Headquarters is here. Boulder is my personal gold star pick if you want to meet a devastatingly good-looking dork.
#8 Columbia, MD
Although there are no four-year colleges in Columbia, the city’s Howard County Library is constantly top rated among the nation’s public library systems according to Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. Perhaps Columbia was ranked #8 because of its intelligent residents, like U.S. diplomat to Denmark Michael Benton, Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and author Stephen Hunter, award-winning mystery author Laura Lippman and astronaut Terry Virts.
#9 Fairfax, VA
Your dork really is smart if he lives in Fairfax, Virginia: in May, 2009, the city was rated #3 in Forbes Magazine’s ‘Top 25 Places to Live Well.’ In addition, Verizon Wireless will connect your calls in Fairfax, as its headquarters are based here. For once.
#10 Rockville, MD
Rockville is at the center of Silicon Valley‘s eastern counterpart: the Interstate 270 Technology Corridor, which is home to numerous software and biotechnology companies and federal government institutions.