According to the American Institute for Economic Research, these are the best small metropolitan cities for college students. Ratings are based on social or cultural factors including cost of rent, city accessibility, arts and entertainment, culture, bars and restaurants, diversity, and cost of living minus rent, and four work opportunities: youth unemployment, percent of residents who are college-educated, economic activity, and workers in technology.

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  • 1. Boulder, CO
  • 2. Durham, NC
  • 3. Ann Arbor, MI
  • 4. Madison, WI
  • 5. Ft. Collins, CO
  • 6. Santa Barbara, CA
  • 7. Provo, UT
  • 8. Naples, FL
  • 9. Trenton, NJ
  • 10. Huntsville, AL
  • 11. Lincoln, NE
  • 12. Asheville, NC
  • 13. Des Moines, IA
  • 14. Omaha, NE
  • 15. Portland , ME
  • 16. Gainesville, FL
  • 17. San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 18. Honolulu, HI
  • 19. Myrtle Beach, SC
  • 20. Lexington, KY
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Source: American Institute for Economic Research, The AIER 2016 College Destinations Index (aier.org)

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