Since where a school is located can impact the success of a student's college experience, Schools.com experts carefully considered its ranking procedure. It turns out that the Midwest has a clear advantage over other geographical regions. Out of the 20 towns selected for the list, 12 of them lie in the Midwest, with four alone being located in
"We were careful to evaluate college towns using a variety of diverse and relevant factors," explains
The top 10 ranked college towns are:
Oshkosh, Wisconsin– population: 66,668 Fargo, North Dakota– population: 123,590 Portland, Maine– population: 66,878 Bloomington, Illinois– population: 77,941 Eau Claire, Wisconsin– population: 69,835 Waukesha, Wisconsin– population: 72,483 Rochester, Minnesota– population: 115,733 Greenville, South Carolina– population: 68,223 Conway, Arkansas– population: 65,790 Cambridge, Massachusetts– population: 113,631
To rank the top college towns, Schools.com's experts used the most recent, publicly available government data and analyzed the information using factors like cost of living, commute options, student population, and crime and unemployment rates.
The full analysis, a description of the ranking's methodology, and the complete list of the 20 selected college towns can be found here: https://www.schools.com/research/best-college-towns.
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