Most MacArthur ‘Geniuses’ Live In California Or New York

Opportunity is a driving force behind MacArthur mobility 

Of the 965 MacArthur fellowships awarded since 1981, the most common birth states for MacArthur fellows were New York (166) and California (65), with most fellows residing in New York (208), California (185) and Massachusetts (112) at the time of their award.

“People move for a variety of reasons, but one driving factor is economic opportunity,” Cecilia Conrad, managing director of the MacArthur foundation, wrote in Time in 2014. 

“Scientists tend to cluster near the research universities and high-tech corridors of Massachusetts and California. For those in the arts, the concentration of potential employers and prospective customers in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco makes these urban centers attractive places to live.”

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