No. 3: Santa Monica, Calif.

No. 3: Santa Monica, Calif.

Population: 85,100
Patents per 10,000 pop.: 8
Creative Professionals: 28.8%
BA or Higher: 55.7%

Technology and digital media companies rival the film industry in this small city, a sliver of beach and boardwalk carved out of Los Angeles.

Santa Monica's ZoomProspector profile