WalletHub Did The Work to Show Us the Best & Worst College Cities & Towns in America

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Radio Facts: Radio Facts: collegeWith college-application deadlines approaching and students scheduling campus visits for the spring, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst College Cities & Towns in America.
To identify the college cities and towns offering the best combination of academic, social and economic growth potential for college students, WalletHub ranked 326 U.S. cities based on 23 key metrics, ranging from the quality of higher education to crime rates to cost of living.
Key Stats

  • The cost of renting a two-bedroom apartment is three times more expensive in Irvine, Calif., than in Las Cruces, N.M.
  • The adjusted cost of living for young people in Santa Monica, Calif., is two times higher than in Edinburg, Texas.
  • The cost of higher education in Providence, R.I., is 10 times higher than in Provo, Utah.
  • Bloomington, Ind., has 9 times as many students per capita as Pasadena, Texas.
  • Boulder, Colo., has 32 times as many cafés per capita as Pasadena, Texas.
  • The number of violent crimes per capita is 46 times higher in Detroit than in Orem, Utah.
  • The percentage of part-time jobs in Bloomington, Ind., is three times higher than in Paterson, N.J.
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Overall Score

‘Wallet Wellness’ Rank

‘Youth-Oriented Environment’ Rank

‘Opportunities’ Rank

1 Ann Arbor, MI 67.32 131 2 8
2 College Station, TX 66.03 18 5 11
3 Iowa City, IA 63.62 42 7 19
4 Provo, UT 63.08 14 119 4
5 Gainesville, FL 61.28 43 13 30
6 Pittsburgh, PA 61.17 142 10 18
7 Atlanta, GA 61.02 161 9 15
8 Austin, TX 60.29 124 65 9
9 Cambridge, MA 60.20 312 1 1
10 Columbia, MO 58.70 16 40 33
11 Champaign, IL 58.25 80 27 36
12 Cincinnati, OH 58.07 13 24 57
13 Berkeley, CA 57.85 298 8 6
14 Madison, WI 57.27 134 44 28
15 Houston, TX 57.20 58 186 12
16 Athens, GA 57.17 27 48 55
17 Minneapolis, MN 57.06 162 59 17
18 Salt Lake City, UT 57.02 84 51 39
19 Tempe, AZ 56.72 61 20 65
20 Orlando, FL 56.65 72 16 70
21 Columbus, OH 56.63 51 130 22
22 Tallahassee, FL 56.51 34 61 51
23 Durham, NC 56.37 210 196 2
24 Lawrence, KS 56.33 64 60 43
25 Buffalo, NY 56.11 4 75 62
26 St. Louis, MO 56.08 168 58 24
27 Davis, CA 56.07 273 6 25
28 Fayetteville, AR 55.95 21 43 60
29 Boulder, CO 55.94 242 4 40
30 Tampa, FL 55.69 88 28 58
31 Fort Collins, CO 55.62 152 37 44
32 Kalamazoo, MI 55.57 7 33 80
33 Nashville, TN 55.54 172 187