In a study conducted by Lumosity, Champaign-Urbana turned up as the 13th “Smartest City” in the United States in 2013.
The study ranked 100 cities, so being in the top 20 is something to talk about.
Here’s some more information from Venture Beat’s post about the study:
The study released today (PDF) used data from more than 3 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 75 who had played several Lumosity brain-training games. These games measured performance across five cognitive areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention, and problem solving. Then the scores were ranked by location.