One of the best ways to experience college is to live in a small town completely centered on the school. When the school’s student population makes up over 1/3 of the total town, you know it’s going to be a fun 4 years!
Here are a few of the best college towns in America.
Home of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa has been named as one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People.” It is also considered one of America’s most livable cities, because it has a small-town feel although it’s actually almost 100,000 people.
Besides the college, there are a few manufacturing and healthcare companies there, which employ a large percentage of the adult workforce.
When you think of a college town, what do you think of? Bars and restaurants on every corner? Students riding their bikes or walking down every street? Lots of coffee shops for the students to get their studying done in peace?
That’s Athens in a nutshell. Quiet all day and crazy all night, Athens is a great place to go if you plan on partying through college.
And the University of Georgia isn’t a bad place to get a degree, especially if you love college football.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Usually referred to as SLO by people who have been there, San Luis Obispo is a great town to spend a few years. It doesn’t have as large of a party scene as some of the other towns on the list, although there is plenty of partying to be had if that’s your thing.
Where SLO really shines is just the feel of the town. Nestled in the middle of California, it’s surrounded by beautiful mountains and trees. The weather is great, as it’s close to the coast and never gets extremely hot.
The main university here is California Polytechnic, which is primarily an engineering school.
As you could tell from the SLO mention, not every town on here is about partying. Fayetteville is the same way.
One thing that makes Fayetteville a great choice is looking beyond the university. It’s been named one of the best places to start a business or to retire. Several large companies are there including Walmart’s headquarters, Tyson and the University of Kansas.
Probably the best part about this little town is being at the foot of the Ozarks. You can’t beat that view!
This small part of Massachusetts is probably one of the most intelligent areas of the country. Home to both MIT and Harvard, there are a lot of huge brains walking around in this part of town.
But there’s more to it than just the colleges. This is a beautiful part of Boston, and is easily accessible by both foot and car.
And what many people probably don’t realize is that some of the biggest progressive companies call this area home. Google, Microsoft Research, and Pfizer can all be found in Cambridge.
It All Depends
There are dozens more, but there’s only so much space to talk about each town. The main thing to consider when looking at college towns is what kind of environment you want.
Do you want a party scene? Or are you more interested in a slower lifestyle, amazing views of nature and a good place to start a family after school?