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Santa Rosa ranks 39th in nation on ‘Brainpower Index’; Vallejo, 127th

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    SONOMA COUNTY — Sonoma County Economic Development Board Executive Director Ben Stone this morning noted that Santa Rosa ranked 39th out of 200 metropolitan areas nationwide in a measure of educational attainment.

    Mr. Stone noted: “As the economy recovers, an educated work force becomes  increasingly important for an area’s economic success. Thus it’s positive indeed to see that Sonoma County (Santa Rosa MSA) is  in the upper 20 percent of regions in the U.S. in terms of educational attainment, as recently ranked by Portfolio.com in their “Brainpower Index.”

    Based on scores in five areas, the publication gave Sonoma County an index of 0.721. A positive number means an above-average ranking.

    The other North Bay metropolitan area indexed was Vallejo, or Solano County. It was ranked 127th, with an index of minus-0.3.

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    1. December 4, 2010, 2:53 am

      by Clarke Davis

      If S.R. is so brainy, why is it becoming such a Rat Hole? Streets unsafe to walk or drive, infastructure crumbling, budgets that can not be sustained, you name it. Being brainy doesn’t mean one can walk and chew gum at the same time.

    2. December 4, 2010, 8:17 am

      by John W Stafford

      This used to be Farmer and Rancher County.
      Now it is Doctors, Lawyers, Computer Software companies, expensive wineries, Big Business, and Foundations.
      That is not counting the Bedroom community who travel everywhere in the Bay Area.
      Let’s not forget the Educational Institutions and the Teachers/Professors/ Students.
      Santa Rosa and other cities in the county will continue to strive and thrive into the future.

    3. December 4, 2010, 3:50 pm

      by K.D.

      If the residents of Santa Rosa are that educated, then how is it that we keep ending up with Rep. Woolsey as our Congressional Representative?

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