I am not a huge fan of this metric but it does hold some interest. Here is the lead in Macleans:
If you were to imagine Canada’s smartest city — a place filled with fascinating people, cultural delights and endless learning opportunities — what would it be like?
It is Macleans-level over the top to claim that a ranking on this little test will make your town filled with fascinating people, cultural delgihts and endless learning opportunities. In fact, in my quick scroll of some of the higher ranking places, many of the ones I have visited are actually quite boring and shallow (comparatively). Then again, I like my cities scrappy, a bit on the gritty side and just humming with stuff going on.
I will say this. Many places in Alberta place very high on this list and I believe it must have something to do with the billions more poured into education, broadband telecom, etc. The oil money is having an impact.