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Hey Pal, did you get a load of the nerd?

According to Yahoo!, the NSF data classifies “geeks” as “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,” of which the Washington metropolitan area has 290,700. (If you add the Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick area — which finished ninth on the NSF’s list — the region’s population of geeks is even higher, albeit not on the basis used in the NSF’s rankings.)

That’s an impressive number of geeks, sure. But in a per capita context, it’s only 12.7 percent of the workforce, well short of the 18.2 percent of San Jose residents who probably call tell you the production code of the “Simpsons” episode referenced in this post’s headline.

Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.


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