Financial company On Stride turned their maths skills to discovering which of the UK’s twenty largest cities was the geekiest.
To begin with they agreed on a definition of geek and went with urban dictionary. A geek has a social life and one or more passions.
Seven different types of retailers were identified, shops that geeks would be interested in; comic book stores, book stores, cinemas, video game stores, board game stores, record stores and even comic cons.
The next step worked out how many these seven each city had in comparison to its size.
Aberdeen came out top. The Granite City has 1.43 board game stores for every 100,000 people. That’s a ratio no other city in the top 20 can beat. There was no category in which Aberdeen was not a dominant player.
Bristol has more record shops than any rival and Edinburgh has more bookshops.
In fact, Scotland had 2 out of top 5 city placements and Northern Ireland another 2.
Surprisingly, only two more English cities; Portsmouth and Liverpool make the top 10, in positions 9 and 10. Swansea and Cardiff, in Wales, take posts 6 and 8 while Scotland’s Glasgow settles into position 7.
London is way down the list in position 18.
Perhaps most surprising of all is that Birmingham, home of some of the most significant geek conventions, is rock bottom in place 20.
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