These Are the 10 Best College Towns in the US

WalletHub ranked them based on cost of living, social environment, other factors
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2018 8:41 AM CST
Here Are the 10 Best College Towns in the US
Austin, Texas, is the No. 1 college town in America, per WalletHub.   (Getty Images/ViewApart)

Think the quality of the education is the only important factor when choosing a college or university? Think again. Studies have suggested a school's location is just as important when it comes to student success—and there's also, of course, the cost of living to think about. WalletHub ranked 415 US cities, analyzing 30 factors across four areas: wallet friendliness, social environment, and academic and economic opportunities. Those factors ranged from the obvious (housing costs, tuition fees) to the not so obvious (number of festivals per capita). Read on for the top 10 best college towns and cities in the country:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Orlando, Fla.
  3. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  4. Provo, Utah
  5. Rexburg, Idaho
  6. Stevens Point, Wis.
  7. Tampa, Fla.
  8. West Lafayette, Ind.
  9. Scottsdale, Ariz.
  10. Las Vegas, Nev.
Click for the full ranking and specific scores. (Or check out the 10 best colleges for the money.)

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