What town is the smartest? What town is the dumbest? Hold on to your diplomas, kids, this list might make you mad.So you ask, how can such a determination be made? Simple, we turn to our friends at the career expert website Zippia for their findings.

Among the data used to determine the overall intelligence level of each Illinois town, Zippia used the following factors to come up with their rankings. Data was compiled from the 340 largest towns in Illinois

  • The census
  • Percentage of adults over 25 with at least a high school degree
  • Percentage of high school drop outs aged 16-20

TOP 5 SMARTEST STATELINE CITIES AND TOWNS

1. Sycamore

2. DeKalb

3. Rockton

4. Roscoe

5. Machesney Park

TOP 5 DUMBEST STATELINE CITIES AND TOWNS

1. Rockford

2. Belvidere

3. Dixon

4. South Beloit

5. Poplar Grove

In all of Illinois, Rockford’s ranks so low due to the fact that 17.4% of adults do not have a high school diploma and that high school drop rate tops out at 9.0% of the population.
The dumbest town in all of Illinois is Sumner, where 73% of the population dropped out of school.

The smartest town is Lake Bluff that can report a high school drop out rate of ZERO
See the entire list HERE