A Seattle rainbow

San Francisco may have better restaurants, weather, shopping and cocktails. But here’s one area where Seattle outshines the city by the bay.

According to a survey by Travel + Leisure magazine, Seattle has the most tech-savvy people in the country. Yep, we’re geekier in Seattle than our counterparts in San Francisco (which actually finished second). Seattle also is #1 when it comes to wireless coverage, ahead of Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Portland and Austin, and #1 in terms of intelligence.

The Travel + Leisure survey looked at a number of factors beyond tech, with a cool online tool that allows users to do a side-by-side comparison of two cities.

As you’ll see in the face-off between San Fran and Seattle, we lose in most categories. (Hey, in addition to tech, we’re still kicking ass in terms of flea markets, cleanliness and, of course, coffee).

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  • Guest

    Congratulations to Seattle on defeating San Francisco!

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com/ FrankCatalano

    So does that mean the entrepreneurs who have relocated recently from Seattle to San Francisco become more … normal?

  • SEACA31

    Not so sure about that…People up here don’t seem as bright as they think they are.

  • http://thenameinspector.com/ Christopher Johnson

    Maybe intelligence was self-reported.

  • http://twitter.com/RedRussak ‘Red’ Russak

    Channeling my youth, I remember being taught NOT to compare thyself to others. On the other hand, if it proves we’re more Geeky, then I guess there’s a benefit after all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donovan-Kliegg/100001187341261 Donovan Kliegg

    +1 for regional rivalry.

    I live in both places and without a doubt the coffee and wireless are a magnitude better in the sound.  The entrepreneur community is far more pleasant too.  Geek wise, the tech events are the same, and the quality of geek is the same.  There is no reason I can’t just stay down in California full time, but I’d miss Seattle way too much to be satisfied with that.  Totally worth it to keep an apartment here.  Not having to pay CA personal income tax almost covers the whole cost, even with the WA B&O tax.

  • Lars Amble

    i think “better weather” is relative. i, for one, absolutely LOVE seattle’s climate year-round and that’s even after moving here from sunny los angeles. i don’t know why anyone here ever complains about the weather. it’s awesome. and so far as cocktails, shopping, and restaurants i dunno what those people are smoking. the new york times recently ranked seattle as the number one city in the states for local cuisine. and the nightlife and shopping in both here and the bay are pretty comparable in my experience.

    at any rate, i think both cities are full of smart people. but i would choose the home of apple over the home of microsoft for where things are truly on the cutting edge in the geek realm. so basically, gonna have to disagree with everything this article says d-;

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