SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – San Jose is not among the 10 hotbed big cities for innovation, according to CNN Money.
The Money website published the “Most Innovative Cities In America” list Tuesday, and somehow managed to leave Silicon Valley completely off the list. All of the cities on the list were 150,000 or larger, so Palo Alto, Cupertino and Mountain View and other Silicon Valley jewels were not in the running. Still, San Jose can’t crack the top 10?READ MORE: Unique Twist To Pandemic Shutdown Of Long-Establish Santa Clara Restaurant
The rankings were based on the opinions of experts in urban planning, and looked at “everything from transportation and technology to education and jobs.”
“35 experts responded, providing a total of 58 cities for consideration. Based on the initial votes, we narrowed the list down to 25 candidate cities – all of which received 2 or more votes in the first round. We sent this list to 10 general urban experts (who had been included in the first round), asking them to rank their top 5. 9 experts responded with their rankings. We used a statistical weighting method to weigh their responses – and included results from the first survey as a 10th “ballot,” Money reports.
New York was labeled the most innovative with “a thriving tech sector with 300,000 employees — on par with Silicon Valley,” making the omission of San Jose even more curious.READ MORE: SF Restaurant Apologizes for Denying Service to Armed, On-Duty Police Officers
The home of Cisco, eBay and others apparently didn’t measure up to Boston (number 2), Philly (8) or D.C. (9) among others. San Francisco did make the list at number seven, just behind Detriot (5) but ahead of Cleveland (10).
Minneapolis and St. Paul are considered one entry, but it doesn’t look like the whole Bay Area was lumped into “San Francisco.” Still, how do Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco still fall so far behind a city best known for furiously cranking out Model-T’s a hundred years ago?
If you’re re thinking the Bay Area after falling off the list, CNN Money offers a quiz to let you know what innovative city you should live in. Or take consolation in the fact that, for women, San Jose is the best spot in the nation to find a date.
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