Atlanta the Nerdiest City in America?

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I’m a nerd and proud of it. As a kid growing up in the ’80s, though, there were few things more terrifying than the prospect of being deemed a nerd for my love of comic books, computers, role-playing games, and myriad other “nerdy” pursuits.

Thinking back on it now, it seems crazy that things considered so mainstream and even cool nowadays could get anyone subjected to near constant ridicule at the hands of their peers, but, oh boy, did they ever. I was the poster child for every known form of physical and psychological torture kids are capable of inflicting on one another.

That was then, this is now.

These days, nerds are cool. TV shows like “King of the Nerds” and “The Big Bang Theory” are extremely popular, comic books and video games are part of mainstream popular culture, and a “Star Trek” movie is one of the most anticipated films of the year by nerds and non-nerds alike. The folks who landed the Curiosity rover on Mars are national heroes. This guy is a star.

If you hadn’t already guessed, my fellow Movoto bloggers are all pretty nerdtastic. So, naturally, when we recently got to talking about what some of the best cities in the U.S. are for various types of people—see our recent look at the top towns for gamers—the idea of determining where nerds (aka “my people”) would most feel at home came up.

After coming up with our criteria and crunching the numbers, it was Atlanta—also Movoto’s top gamer city—that took the crown. Here’s the list:

The 10 Best Cities for Nerds:

Atlanta, GA
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Sacramento, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Boston, MA
Las Vegas, NV
Miami, FL
San Jose, CA
Denver, CO
Read on to find out how I came up with the listing criteria. I’ve also broken down our data to figure out which cities are best for specific types of nerds.
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