Forbes ranks New Orleans #1 as America’s New Brainpower City due to the robust job growth and affordable cost of living. The survey is based on where college graduates are settling using 51 metropolitan areas. The results showed the fastest-growing brain hubs are in the South and Intermountain West. New Orleans tied with San Antonio for first place on the lists. New Orleans offers a unique culture and natural amenities and attracts young educated workers because of the affordable cost of living.