The Best College Towns in America

A Place to Learn and Live

Our parents always told us that the decision of where to go to college would be the most important in our whole lives, and some even took it upon themselves to decide for us. But what makes a school attractive for a parent (cost? reputation?) may not be the same as what incoming freshmen are looking for (bar scene? extracurricular activities?). Well, one metric new students are likely to be interested in is what the local town or city where their potential alma mater sits is like. How many students are there and how diverse are they? Are there professional opportunities and do students stay to take advantage of them? The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) looked at these criteria and more to compare 222 metropolitan areas in the U.S. with student populations of 15,000 and up. Photo Credit: Michael Surran