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Las Vegas Ranked Dumbest City in America

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Chrissy Tadlock says calling Las Vegas dumb is unfair. Chrissy Tadlock says calling Las Vegas dumb is unfair.

LAS VEGAS -- The Daily Beast website has ranked Las Vegas as the dumbest city in America. The report is based on the amount of people with bachelor's degrees, amount of libraries and other data.

But some Las Vegas residents say in this city, it's all about who you know, how much you network and how much ambition you have.

"It does make me giggle because it was obviously written by somebody who does not live in Las Vegas," said Chrissy Tadlock.

Tadlock isn't the least bit offended to learn she's living in the dumbest city in the nation. With no college degree, she's moved her way up the ladder. As of last week, she's the operations administrator for food and beverage management company Munch Group, making enough money to support her family.

"It's not the education that you have, it is your work experience that really pushed you to the next level," she said.

Tadlock says Las Vegans play by a completely different rule book -- one where college degrees aren't a necessity. Many of her friends with degrees have chosen a career in the service industry, saying it's better money.

"VIP hosts for the right night club can make excess of six figures -- $150,000 a year. Same thing, bartenders can make hundreds of dollars in tips per night," she said.

"There is a lot of opportunity. You have a lot of people that are working at valets or serving drinks. The tourism industry represents a third of our overall economy. That's the highest in the nation," said Brian Gordon with Applied Analysis.

So why did we rank so low? Gordon agrees there is a lack of college degrees. But he says our infrastructure plays a big part. The study ranks cities based on the number of universities and libraries.

"We've been one of the fastest growing cities for the better part of the last three decades, so when you talk about the infrastructure-related components of that index, we just haven't been able to keep pace in terms of building educational facilities or libraries," he said.

Gordon believes over time that will change. But even if it doesn't, workers like Tadlock say they're getting the last laugh.

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