The 25 Best College Towns and Cities in the U.S.

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You don’t need to be an honors student to know that location greatly affects a student’s choice of college. Some want to be far enough away from home that Mom and Dad can’t just drop by on a Tuesday, but close enough to return for holidays or long weekends. Some want a college that thrums with the heartbeat of a bustling metropolis, where internships with major companies are nearby. Others want a spot where you can wander the entire downtown in an afternoon and Saturday football is the big event.

WalletHub analyzed more than 400 U.S. college locations of varying size, rating them on 30 key indicators of academic, social and economic opportunities for students. It looked at crime rates and cost of living, even examining the cost of a night of bowling and the number of food trucks per capita.

The town that nabbed their No. 1 ranking may not be the best choice for everyone, but this is a useful ranking for students and parents wrestling with this major decision.

Here are the top 25.

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