OCALA, Fla. (WCJB)-- The website HostingAdvice.com has ranked Ocala as one of the top ten least tech-savvy cities in the U.S.
Ocala has ranked 7th on that list, which places it just above cities like Punta Gorda, FL, Stockton-Lodi, CA, and Daphne-Foley, AL, which ranked as the #1 least tech-savvy city on that list.
The list, written by Laura Bernheim, was compiled using data on the number of science, technology, engineering, and math-based professions (also known as STEM professions) in a city per 1,000 jobs and using census data to fill in the population numbers. They also used data on how many households had computers and broadband internet access.
Ocala was ranked as the 7th least tech-savvy city in the U.S. because, out of a population of around 58,000, 81% of households have computers, 71.2% have broadband internet, and there are 23.5 STEM jobs for every 1,000 jobs.
Compare that to the #1 ranked most tech-savvy city on the list, California-Lexington Park in Maryland. The suburb of Washington, D.C. has a population of just over 110,000, 89% of households have a computer, 79.2% have broadband access, and it has 252.5 STEM jobs for every 1,000 jobs.
Not to denigrate Ocala, they say that the municipality is one of only 5 cities in the world allowed to call itself "Horse Capital of the World" and that the equine-services industry supports around 44,000 jobs in the area and provides 2.2 billion in revenue each year.
HostingAdvice.com is a website designed to provide advice and insight, how-to guides, and more about programming and web hosting. For more information and for the full list of most and least tech-savvy cities, follow the link attached to his article.