Economic research institute dubs Ann Arbor No. 1 small city to attend college
Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com
Boston was ranked as the top major city to attend college, San Jose, Ca, was ranked as the best mid-sized city to attend college and Ithaca, NY, home of Cornell University, was ranked as the top small college town.
Fellow Big Ten cities East Lansing, Madison, Wis. and Lincoln, NE. also were highly ranked among small metro college destinations.
This year Ann Arbor has been ranked the No. 9 college town in America by Livability.com and the 10th-best college town in the country by the Princeton Review. U.S. News and World Report, Forbes magazine and Away.com also have highlighted this city as being one of the best college destinations in the country.
Unlike many rankings, the AIER uses quantifiable measures and a scientific process to judge America's college towns, looking at the following factors:
- Student concentration
- Number of international students
- Level of degree attainment
- Cost of living
- Number of cultural and entertainment venues
- People who get from place to place without a car
- Percentage of workforce in the arts, education, science, engineering and management
- Earning potential
- Entrepreneurial activity
- Unemployment rate
- Brain gain or drain