This New Jersey Town is Top 10 for Most Nerds in the Country
It’s been a long time since nerds were a rare group of fellow classmates who wore pocket protectors, had a band-aid repair on their glasses, and were occasionally stuffed into a locker. It really sounds like a not-very-nice thing to do. That’s because it wasn’t. I remember only a handful of kids who were considered nerds, and it wasn’t considered a good thing. Today, according to a new survey, there are more nerds in this country than you might think.
Perhaps that’s something you’re already aware of because you consider yourself a nerd. Many people do if you check out the poll of 2,000 people from Casino.org. It shows that 72% of Americans identify themselves as “nerds, geeks, or dorks.”
Using about “10,000 raw data points,” the website ranked the top nerdiest cities in the United States. According to the poll, the winner is Austin, Texas, but Newark, New Jersey is 8th on that list. My daughter just started her college education in the nerdiest state, Rhode Island. In Maine, 75% of the population said they weren’t nerds.
Maybe you assume the tech industry has the most self-identifying nerds. That would be incorrect. The poll data shows that it’s actually law and legal, with 85% of the people in that line of work claiming to be nerds, geeks, or dorks.
The Survey revealed that dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game was considered the number one nerdiest activity. It found that almost 70% of respondents classified it as a nerdy hobby.
The survey even discovered what we geek out about, and broke it down by state. In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and 20% of the country, “Internet geeks” were found to be most common. New York has more “movie geeks.” Others include books, movies, sports, history, and gaming geeks.
According to the poll, Columbus, Ohio, had the second-highest concentration of geeks, nerds, and dorks, followed by Arlington, Virginia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Burlington, Vermont.