Best College Town Rankings

Other Rankings

  • 3rd Healthiest City in America, 24/7 Wall Street, 2016
  • Among the Top 25 ‘Smartest College Towns,” The Daily Beast, 2011
  • 8th Among Best Places (Small Cities) to live in, Money, 2014
  • Top 15 cities for people who hate long commutes, U.S. News & World Report, 2009
  • U.S. City with the Lowest Unemployment Rate (2.2%), Forbes, 2016
  • Ranked No. 7 on the list of The Happiest Small Places in America, Movoto, 2014
  • 64th Best Small and Mid-Size American City (20,000 to 1,000,000),, 2021

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