Top 10 College Towns in US California's got three; Iowa has two By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Jul 13, 2016 4:30 PM CDT 9 comments Comments Cambridge, Mass., is the best college town in the US, according to Business Insider and Niche. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Business Insider, with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a top-250 college and have at least 10% of their population made up of students at said college. By those factors, here are the top 10 college towns in the US: Cambridge, Mass.: The best college town in the country boasts both Harvard and MIT and is “one of the best places to live for the up-and-coming millennial.” Ann Arbor, Mich.: The home of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor “is a great town” with “A+” nightlife. Ames, Iowa: Despite the presence of Iowa State University, Ames “isn’t rushed like a big city.” Boulder, Colo.: The home of the University of Colorado at Boulder is “the perfect college town, but also perfect for young families.” Berkeley, Calif.: The University of California at Berkeley is surrounded by a “bustling college town” with a “large variety of activities” for even non-students. Davis, Calif.: The home of the University of California at Davis features bars, restaurants, parks, and “plenty of shade and lovely flowers.” Irvine, Calif.: Median monthly rent around the University of California at Irvine exceeds $1,800, but “it’s an amazing place to live” that’s “only around 45 minutes” from Los Angeles. Princeton, NJ: It will cost you a decent chunk of change to live near Princeton University, but the town boasts an “A+” nightlife. Lawrence, Kan.: The home of the University of Kansas is a “big city with the small town feel.” Decorah, Iowa: The home of Luther College boasts a tiny population of just over 8,000 people but gets good marks for nightlife and cost of living, with median rent only $584. Read the full list here.