These Are the Best College Towns in the US

Boulder takes the number-one spot
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2017 7:05 PM CST
Behold, the best college town in the US.   (Getty Images/SWKrullImaging)

(Newser) – Trying to figure out where to go to college? Just like living in close proximity to tweed-clad-professorial types? The American Institute for Economic Research has ranked the top 20 college towns in the US based on things like youth unemployment, rent, arts and entertainment, diversity, bars and restaurants, and innovation. Here are the 10 college towns that top the AIER's list:

  1. Boulder, Colo.
  2. Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
  3. Flagstaff, Ariz.
  4. Ithaca, NY
  5. Iowa City, Iowa
  6. Bloomington, Ind.
  7. College Station, Texas
  8. Manhattan, Kan.
  9. Columbia, Mo.
  10. Bloomington, Ill.
Read the full rankings here. (Or check out the 10 towns where it's most expensive to be a college football fan.)

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