2011 10 Best College Towns
A good college town stimulates young minds. It offers a touch of the familiar while encouraging exploration and fosters a sense of pride. And even if you're not taking classes, there's just something about being near a campus that gets in your blood. You can't help but become intertwined in the history, the pageantry and the excitement that a college creates.
This list isn't a ranking of schools. It's not a roundup of party places either. Livability.com's Top 10 College Towns are cities where academic endeavors extend beyond the campus and energize the community. These places have become economic epicenters, artistic hubs, cultural cornerstones and entertainment meccas. They give the student great places to learn, grow and play, while at the same time giving residents the benefits that come with being near a vibrant educational institution. In a nutshell, they've got a lot of offer whether you're after a degree, a new career or a place to settle down.
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In a city made famous by cold weather and the Coen brothers, college-goers are quickly warming up to the idea of going to school here. Home to multiple campuses, Fargo, ND has earned the reputation of a bona fide college town, but that's only half the attraction. With a low unemployment rate and plenty of entertainment options, Fargo is fast becoming a location destination of choice.
City Population: 194,839
Cool Factors: Celebrity Walk of Fame, skiing, sledding
Benefits: Affordable housing, low unemployment rate, jobs after you graduate