In the news: Top 10 College Towns to live in, even if you are not a student

Congrats Bowling Green, KY!

College towns are known for their large student populations, party atmosphere and, in many cases, dependence on a successful athletics program. But college towns can also be a source of economic stability and provide ample opportunity and recreation for recent graduates and seasoned professionals, both within and outside of the education industry.

“Living in a college town allows residents, both young and old, to tap into the economic stability that universities provide and the creative energy that students bring,” according to, a division of Journal Communications, which named the 10 Best College Towns for 2015. Livability explores “what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit,” through its blog.

To choose this year’s list, Livability analyzed data from the U.S. Census, and other sources to find cities with a high concentration of schools, a highly educated population and cities that have a large population of 25- to 29-year-olds as an indicator of the town’s ability to retain graduates. Bonus points were given to towns with Division I athletics because, “like it or not, strong sports programs help define college towns,” Livability said. The availability of rental housing and the affordability of that housing were also considered.

Here’s the list. Get packing.

10. Bowling Green, KY
9. Lincoln, NB
8. Columbia, SC
7. Gainesville, FL
6. Cambridge, Mass.
5. Denton, TX
4. Berkeley, CA
3. Columbia, MO
2. Durham, NC
1. Manhattan, KS



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