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D.C. is America's smartest city. (We won't lord it over you.)

(Susan Biddle/TWP)

Washington tops the list of smartest cities with the highest percentage of residents with college degrees.

As a friend describes it, every high school class president moved to the same city with bright eyes and political dreams. Which means a lot of smart folk and a lot of khaki pants.

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, 47.3 percent of people 25 years or older have bachelor's, master's, professional school or doctorate degrees in the District. The national average is 25 percent.

Rounding out the top five smart cities are in descending rank, San Francisco, San Jose, Raleigh, N.C., and Boston.

The bottom five cities are Louisville, New Orleans, Detroit, Orlando and Cleveland.

Of course, the District also has the ignominious distinction of highest illiteracy rate in the country, with more than a third of the population functionally illiterate, according to a study by the State Education Agency.

But we'll take what we can get.

By Melissa Bell  | October 1, 2010; 8:51 AM ET
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