The online mag cited the area's top-notch universities, Duke and UNC (sorry N.C. State), RTP and the "engaged political minds" that are attracted to the capital city. It awarded the region a Daily Beast IQ of 170, which, if translated into legitimate intelligence quotient, would place us between Albert Einstein, who reportedly had an IQ of 160, and Sir Isaac Newton with 190.
Of the 55 cities scored, Fresno, Calif., placed last with an IQ of 3. Greensboro came in 35th with an IQ of 83. Charlotte ranked 16th with an above average score of 119.