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High school seniors have a lot to consider when deciding where to go to college, including what the city they’ll call home for four years is like. Experts say a school’s geographical location may be just as important to a student’s success as a strong curriculum and supportive school environment.

To help teens and their parents narrow down their options, WalletHub did their research on 400 cities across the country. They evaluated each city in three key areas: wallet friendliness; social environment; and academic and economic opportunities. They compared factors including the cost of living, the quality of higher education, and the crime rate.

Based on their findings, WalletHub’s best college town overall for 2022 is Austin, Texas. Coming in second is Ann Arbor, Michigan, followed by Provo, Utah.

These are the top 10 of 2022’s best college cities and towns overall:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  3. Provo, Utah
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Oxford, Ohio
  6. Gainesville, Florida
  7. Scottsdale, Arizona
  8. West Lafayette, Indiana
  9. Rexburg, Idaho
  10. College Station, Texas

They also ranked the cities by size and the top three large cities are:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Tampa, Florida
  3. Raleigh, North Carolina

The top three midsize cities are:

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Gainesville, Florida
  3. Scottsdale, Arizona

And the top three small cities are:

  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Provo, Utah
  3. Oxford, Ohio

Click here to see the full rankings.

SOURCE: WalletHub