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These cities aren't quaint country towns, nor do they have have the big lights of NYC. They're right in the middle and the ones our experts chose as the best for college students. Mid-size cities are defined as areas with populations from 1,000,000 to 2,500,000.

List produced by the Experts

  • 1. San Jose/Palo Alto, CA
  • 2. Raleigh/Durham, NC
  • 3. Denver, CO
  • 4. Austin, TX
  • 5. Nashville, TN
  • 6. Charlotte, NC
  • 7. Columbus, OH
  • 8. Milwaukee, WI
  • 9. Portland, OR
  • 10. Indianapolis, IN
  • 11. New Orleans, LA
  • 12. Hartford, CT
  • 13. Cincinnati, OH
  • 14. Rochester, NY
  • 15. Providence, RI
  • 16. Kansas City, KS
  • 17. Pittsburgh, PA
  • 18. Buffalo, NY
  • 19. Richmond, VA
  • 20. Birmingham, AL
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Source: "Using 12 specific and measurable metrics, CDI researchers analyzed data on more than 290 U.S. metropolitan areas to identify those regions that provide . . . resources best suited to the needs and priorities of today's college students." The 2007-2008 College Destinations Index. Copyright 2007, Collegia. Reprinted with permission.

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