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Explore the best college towns America has to offer

One trend we’ve found from examining the best places to live is that they often have colleges or universities. There are several reasons for this (influx of new residents, cultural activities, and economic stability), but the main thing to take away is that our 10 Best College Towns lists are for everyone’s benefit, not just prospective students.

  • 10 Best College Towns


    Ranking Criteria: 30% – Percentage of the population ages 20 to 29, 30% – Ratio of the city’s median salary (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) to its August 2017 median one-bedroom rent (from ABODO listings), 20% – Number of jobs in the education sector per 1,000 jobs in the city, which we limited by a minimum of 90, 20% – Ratio of the median salary in the city to the nation for education jobs
  • 10 Best College Towns


    Ranking Criteria: Population of 25- to 29-year-olds, High percentage of jobs in education sector, Local restaurants and bars, Affordable housing, Diversity
  • 10 Best College Towns

    The best college towns in the country, ranked one through 10.
    Ranking Criteria: Population of 25- to 29-year-olds, High percentage of jobs in education sector, Local restaurants and bars, Affordable housing, Diversity
  • 10 Best College Towns

    We selected the best college towns from each Football Bowl Subdivision conference, then ranked the top 10. Take a look at how these cities stacked up and find out which place took the No. 1 spot in our annual college towns list.
    Ranking Criteria: Student population, Percentage of 24- to 35-year-olds, Affordable housing, Walkability, Education Sector Jobs, Educational attainment, Entertainment venues
  • 10 Best Cities for New College Grads

    Thousands of new college graduates will soon be looking for somewhere to start a career, hopefully somewhat related to their chosen field of study. We can't find them all jobs, but we can help them find the best cities for recent college grads. These are towns with high numbers of young adults, great entertainment options and, most importantly, employment potential.
    Ranking Criteria: Number of 25- to 34-year-olds, Unemployment rate, Rental vacancy, Rental costs, Non-service jobs (better paying), Public transportation users, 25- to 34-year-olds with a bachelor's degree or higher, Bars and restaurants per capita
  • 10 Best College Towns

    Our Top 10 College Towns 2013 list showcases communities with strong ties to the universities that call them home. These places offer residents a high quality of life thanks largely to the impact the college has on the town.
    Ranking Criteria: Low cost of living, Top Employers (must be a college), High student to resident ratio, High educational attainment, Strong college-led community outreach, High percentage of 21- to 34-year-olds
  • 10 Best College Towns

    Our third annual list of the best college towns looks at cities where the college plays an integral part of the economy and culture. We ranked the cities according to the ratio of students to residents, cost of living and entertainment options. You'll be surprised by what we found.
    Ranking Criteria: Best Colleges (According to Princeton Review), Environment, weather, public transportation, High student to resident ratio, Top Employers (must be a college), Low cost of Living, High walkability, Low unemployment rate
  • 10 Best College Towns

    With the start of a new school year we present the Top 10 College Towns for 2011. These are places where you don't have to be an undergrad to have all the fun. Sure, the presence of a college gives you sports teams, arts scenes and nightlife to cheer for, but these towns offer dynamic living and a range of entertainment options to keep you busy. Take a look at our picks.
    Ranking Criteria: Campus offers resident enrichment., College promotes community spirit, Great restaurants, Low unemployment rate
  • 10 Best Cities for College Grads

    We've done the homework for you. Find out which cities are the best for recent college grads.
    Ranking Criteria: Number of job opportunities, Competitive salaries,, High ratio of single residents, Lively cultural scene
  • 10 Best College Towns

    College, it turns out, is an experience shaped as much by what's happening off campus as it is in the classroom. We've selected the top 10 best college towns that provide plenty of culture and things to do when you're not studying.
    Ranking Criteria: Low unemployment rate, Percentage of 21- to 34-year-olds, Restaurants per capita, Median income, Median housing costs