The study was based on Meetup data from over 16,000 tech meetups worldwide. They took into consideration the number of total tech meetups, number of total memberships, density (memberships compared to the population), and growth in tech meetups in 2013.
“The single biggest input that determines the success of a startup is the quality of its human capital,” says RJMetrics. “Meetups are human capital factories. If you want to measure the human capital of a startup city, you measure its meetup activity.”
DC came in 4th for number of memberships, with almost 92,000. It was 8th in terms of density, with Meetup memberships making up 15% of the population. And it was 6th in number of groups, with 212.
Overall, that secured 4th place for DC. Here are all the rankings:
RJMetrics also ranked the top international cities – with London, Toronto, and Tel Aviv on top – and the fastest-growing US startup scenes, led by Portland and Minneapolis. See the full report here.