College Ranker has released the 50 best college towns to live in forever and has named Ames as the 5th best. This list highlights 50 college towns around the US that can provide a permanent home for college students after they have completed their collegiate experience. According to a PR Newswire press release, every city and town in America with a college or university was considered and weighed, and these 50 were chosen based on metrics and statistics involving strength of local schools, vibrancy of the local economy, and family friendliness.

The full ranking can be viewed by clicking here.

Mackenzi Flannery, the article’s author, had this to say: “Hundreds of cities and towns hope to retain their students after graduation and incorporate their newly acquired skills into the local economy. It’s a competitive environment for attracting college graduates, and these 50 college towns have well positioned themselves to retain their local college students for a lifetime.”

Photo Credit:
Ames Iowa Main Street” by Tim Kiser (w:User:Malepheasant) – Own work (self-made photograph). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

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