Fort Walton Beach makes Top 20 “Geekville” List

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This area contiunues to grow and attract highly educated workers for the expanding military missions given Eglin AFB following the BRAC commision decisions.

The U.S. National Science Foundation has created a compelling taxonomy of American geeks for gathering the data it includes in its annual “Science and Engineering Indicators” report. Fort Walton Beach real estate

The most recent version of that report defines “geeks” as any workers with a bachelor’s level of knowledge and education in science or engineering-related fields or workers in occupations that require some degree of technical knowledge or training.

In the “Science and Engineering Indicators 2010,” the NSF ranked the top 20 cities in the United States by percentage of workers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupation.

The Fort Walton Beach / Destin / Crestview area (Okaloosa County) make the list at #20 with 7200 workers (8.8% of the workforce)

Here is the list:

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. Boulder, CO
  3. Framingham, MA
  4. Huntsville, AL
  5. Durham, NC
  6. Lowell, MA
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Ithaca, NY
  9. Bethesda, MD
  10. Seattle-Bellevue, WA
  11. Kennewick-Pasco, WA
  12. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  13. Ames, IA
  14. Palm Bay-Titusville, FL
  15. Boston, MA
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. Bloomington-Normal, IL
  18. Olympia, WA
  19. San Francisco, CA
  20. Fort Walton Beach, FL

Read the full Forbes article

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