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Old 09-01-2006, 05:04 PM   #1
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Re: The Brainest Cities in The US.

If these people are so brainy, why are so many of them living in such high cost-of-living cities?
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If these people are so brainy, why are so many of them living in such high cost-of-living cities?* *
Because they aspire to the high-paying jobs in those communities.
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It's the brainest city because there are lots of genuises there.
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This is the most outrageous exageration I've heard.

So 1 out of every 2 persons above 25 in Seattle has at least a bachelor degree.* Who's driving the taxis, working as cashiers, stockers at supermarkets and department stores?* Who's doing janitorial work?* Who's selling at Pike market?* So on and so forth.* CNN claimed the data was obtained from the census bureau.* Someone screw up big time.
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Re: The Brainest Cities in The US.

the source article notes that Washington DC has the highest percentage with advanced degrees ... surely there's some humour/irony in this somewhere

ps: Sam, Seattle has very well educated taxi drivers.
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Note to self: Self, don't ever move to those 25 cities....
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ps: Sam, Seattle has very well educated taxi drivers.
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This is the most outrageous exageration I've heard.

So 1 out of every 2 persons above 25 in Seattle has at least a bachelor degree. Who's driving the taxis, working as cashiers, stockers at supermarkets and department stores? Who's doing janitorial work? Who's selling at Pike market? So on and so forth.
The folks who got the communications degrees and philosophy degrees.

Seriously, a lot of teachers and professional-level state employees pick up extra shifts at service jobs to make a little more money.

representin' Raleigh - tied fo 2 on da list - Not hard to believe that half the folks here have 4 yr degrees. That's the min. required at many employers for any kind of job approaching professional in nature. There's lots of tech/science/pharma/finance jobs here, plus many many thousands of highly educated profs teaching at one of the three major universites or the numerous smaller universities.

Heck, most of my high school teachers at a public school here in Raleigh held PhD's.
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Who's driving the taxis, working as cashiers, stockers at supermarkets and department stores?* Who's doing janitorial work?* Who's selling at Pike market?* So on and so forth.* CNN claimed the data was obtained from the census bureau.* Someone screw up big time.
A fellow who operates the lemo service from the ferry to the airport is a former IBM programmer who got fed up with the rat-race and started his own business.* In the NW there are a lot of closet PhDs who, having either achieved FI or burned out, choose less stressfull positions and work because they want to.* Immigrants work at a lot of service worker jobs, just has they have historically.* I remember a refugee MD who worked as a janitor until he could master enough English to pass exams so he could practice in the US.*
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Because they aspire to the high-paying jobs in those communities.
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In the NW there are a lot of closet PhDs who, having either achieved FI or burned out, choose less stressfull positions and work because they want to. Immigrants work at a lot of service worker jobs, just has they have historically. I remember a refugee MD who worked as a janitor until he could master enough English to pass exams so he could practice in the US.
Apparently aspirations and reality are very different in some of these cities.
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For many it is.
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Re: The Brainest Cities in The US.

Hmmm

How about - the ordinary joes live in the lower cost suburbs and commute in some of the high cost cities.

heh heh heh heh heh
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Hmmm

How about - the ordinary joes live in the lower cost suburbs and commute in some of the high cost cities.

heh heh heh heh heh
That's a big problem for these cities. That's one of the reasons SF raised the minimum wage and talks about doing it again. It was to let the service people be able to afford to live in the SF area. Of course, the service people won't get paid a govt mandated minimum wage if they are in short supply. Then, as in New Orleans today, premiums and bonuses are paid to get people to work in fast food.
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Re: The Brainest Cities in The US.

I wonder how many of those top 25 are "Blue" cities and how many are "Red"?
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I wonder how many of those top 25 are "Blue" cities and how many are "Red"?
I think a more interesting question might be how many are "Green"?

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Who's driving the taxis, working as cashiers, stockers at supermarkets and department stores? Who's doing janitorial work? Who's selling at Pike market?
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representin' Raleigh - tied fo 2 on da list - Not hard to believe that half the folks here have 4 yr degrees.*
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A fellow who operates the lemo service from the ferry to the airport is a former IBM programmer who got fed up with the rat-race and started his own business.* In the NW there are a lot of closet PhDs who, having either achieved FI or burned out, choose less stressfull positions and work because they want to.* Immigrants work at a lot of service worker jobs, just has they have historically.* I remember a refugee MD who worked as a janitor until he could master enough English to pass exams so he could practice in the US.*
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Philosophy majors.
Brat and MikeD, are you citing examples about a smaller percentage of college educated people who work in non-professional capacity, or are you in agreement with the article (one of of two people above 25 has at least a bachelor degree) ?


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I was responding to the question of who is working service worker jobs.

In the west one shouldn't assume the educational attainment of a service worker.* Yes, there are a lot of marginally educated workers, BUT, some are very well educated and have migrated for the same reason as our grand-parents.. opportunity.* I met a lighting specialist who earned a EE in his home country recently.* Now he is a consultant in a field that does not require licensure for a mind-boggling fee.*

Tektronix had PhDs working in production because they wanted to after they achieved FI from patents.*

My daughter's nanny is an eastern European immigrant with a BS - my 25 month-old grand baby now speaks three languages, he speaks to her parents in the 'old country' in their native tongue.*
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