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Two Iowa towns make up the top 5 for smartest cities in the country.

Iowa City and Ames are ranked fourth and fifth respectively in cognitive performance data collected by the “brain-training” website, Lumosity, published Tuesday.

Ithaca, NY topped the list with the only other ranked Iowa city, Cedar Rapids, in 30th.

Three million Lumosity users’ scores were cross-referenced with their city identifying IP address.

“One of the most interesting findings from this analysis is that most of the top metro areas contain major research universities, suggesting that education is an important predictor of cognitive performance,” Lumosity data scientist Daniel Sternberg explained.

Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa while Iowa State University is located in Ames.

Brain-training programs like Lumosity claim using their software can improve memory, intelligence and attention.

Here are the cities that make up the top 10:

1. Ithaca, NY
2. State College, PA
3. Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN
4. Iowa City, IA
5. Ames, IA
6. Ann Arbor, MI
7. Bloomington, IN
8. Madison, WI
9. Lawrence, KS
10. Pullman, WA

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