The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) pulled data from a host of federal agencies -- the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Housing and Urban Development and others -- to rank the best U.S. college towns in 2013. The rankings are based on overall academic and cultural environment, quality of life and employment opportunities in the area. Here are the Top 20:
20. Missoula, Mont. (University of Montana)
19. Auburn, Ala. (Auburn University)
18. Burlington, Vt. (University of Vermont, Burlington College and Champlain College)
17. Grand Forks, N.D. (University of North Dakota)
16. Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University)
15. Blacksburg, Va. (Virginia Tech University)
14. Manhattan, Kan. (Kansas State University, Manhattan Christian College)
13. Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia)
12. Fargo, N.D. (North Dakota State University)
11. College Station, Texas (Texas A&M University)
10. Columbia, Mo. (University of Missouri)
9. Morgantown, W.Va. (West Virginia University)
8. Lawrence, Kan. (University of Kansas)
7. Lafayette, Ind. (Purdue University and Harrison College)
6. Champaign-Urbana, Ill. (University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana)
5. Corvallis, Ore. (Oregon State University)
4. Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa)
3. State College, Pa. (Penn State University)
2. Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University)
1. Ithaca, N.Y. (Cornell University and Ithaca College)
Click here to read the rest of the college rankings by the American Institute for Economic Research.
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