A Super couple from the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle earlier this year.

From the folks who put together the slightly-questionable top-10 city list for gamers, we’ve got a brand new list today out that focuses on overall nerdy-ness.

Randy Nelson from Motovo, a San Francisco-based real estate content website, put in some work and analyzed things like people per comic book store, people per science museum, people per computer store and distance to the nearest Renaissance faire (yes, really).

Based on that criteria, Seattle finished in third place behind Atlanta and Portland. The Emerald City finished second in bookstore rankings and third for annual sci-fi/fantasy conventions, but couldn’t reach the top spot.

Top ten here:

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Portland, OR
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. Sacramento, CA
  5. Minneapolis, MN
  6. Boston, MA
  7. Las Vegas, NV
  8. Miami, FL
  9. San Jose, CA
  10. Denver, CO

“It’s pretty clear that when nerds eventually take over the world, their new capital will be Atlanta,” writes Nelson.

So, despite our great gaming market, awesome museums and bad-ass comic convention, Seattle falls short again, apparently.

Are you OK with this list? Or do you think Nelson’s methodology is a bit off for calculating a city’s overall nerdy-ness?

Previously on GeekWire: 100 bad-ass costumes from Emerald City Comicon 2013

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  • http://twitter.com/RogWilco Nick Williams

    Seattle in 3rd place, San Francisco nowhere to be found, and Sacramento *anywhere* on that list? Yeah.. not buying it.

    • Forrest Corbett

      Remember, the difference between Geeks and Nerds is that nerds don’t have social skills. Seattle and SF are likely way more geeky than Sacramento ;)

  • http://www.modernlifetips.com/Adriel_Mingo Adriel D. Mingo

    ATL? Really? O.o

  • http://twitter.com/Marotte Emmanuel Marot

    It shows only one thing: choose the wrong criteria, and you’ll get the wrong ranking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vqnguyen2 Viet Q. Nguyen

    1. Wizards of the Coast 2. PAX/Penny Arcade 3. Valve Software 4. Science Fiction Museum at EMP 5. Bill Gates & Paul Allen 6. testing a freaking fusion engine that will get us to Mars in 30 days (thank you, UW!) . . .and Atlanta beats us how? BAH! These Movoto people are weak.

  • Nerdy in Hotlanta

    Sounds like some people are getting a little jealous of us here in Atlanta.

  • Nerdy in LA

    Ya how about measuring geeks/nerds per square mile?

  • cinemactik


  • Johnny

    I live in Atlanta, and it is not super nerd friendly.

    • Camila M. Favareto

      :( ill be living in atlanta by january and im pretty nerdy, I could use some friends! If you are interested send me a PM on fb ^^

  • Chinook11

    Atlanta? Sorry, I need proof.

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