By Nick Woodruff
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Stillwater can say what Yogi Bear says best, “I’m smarter than the average bear.”
Lumosity Labs conducted a study to find the “brainiest” cities in America and the study covered five cognitive areas. The five cognitive areas included memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention and problem solving.
Stillwater was ranked as the nation’s 25th brainiest city, according to Lumosity. Many of the top 25 cities were smaller metros with a college town influence. Lumosity explained why college towns seem to perform better in the five areas measured for the study. Lumosity said college towns seem to do well because cognitive thinking and education go hand-in-hand.
Stillwater is one of two cities from Oklahoma to make the list, with Oklahoma City being the other. Stillwater made the list because it’s the location of a major university, according to Lumosity.
Gary Shutt, director of communications at Oklahoma State University, said it is a complement of the cooperation between the city and the university.
“The city of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University have grown up together and partner to form the quintessential college town.” Shutt said. “OSU is honored to be a central part of one of America’s brainiest cities and commends our faculty, staff and students for making OSU a premier land-grant university.”
With all the diversity within Stillwater, being named a top brainiest city could have a tourist effect as well. Cristy Morrison, executive director of the Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau, said honors like this draw more visitors to the city.
“Any resident, student, season ticket holder or business owner who moved here started out as a visitor.” Morrison said. “They started out as a visitor and Stillwater being named a brainiest city will encourage visitors to visit here more often.”
More visitors could also mean more conventions and events for the Stillwater community as well, Morrison said. She said this honor helped develop a new audience and attraction for the city, which in turn could bring more permanent residents.
“From the visitors development standpoint, it makes your community unique and different,” Morrison said. “It is going to be a good thing for the community.”