There is something special about a college town. While I attended a school in a pretty big city (Go Wolfpack!) there is still something special about a college town. And I do feel that in the immediate area of the school I still got that feel. That being said I think of a true college town as being a town built around a University. The school is a huge part of the economy and is the heartbeat of the town. The town should also be synonymous with the university. These schools often, though not always should have a major college sports presence that is evident in the town and makes for a unique gameday atmosphere. So when I saw that North Carolina had a town make the Best College Towns In America list I was intrigued.
I had a few ideas of what I thought would be on this list, and I have to say none of my guesses were the place that made it. In fact, the vast majority of this list left me scratching my head. Outside of really three, maybe four, I wouldn’t consider these to fit my definition of a college town- at all. The list was created by Preply and they ranked the cities based on three main metrics: wallet friendliness, social environment, and economic opportunities. So that does explain the rankings a little bit.
Wallet Friendliness Included:
- Meal, inexpensive restaurant (1 person)
- Fitness club, monthly fee (1 person)
- Rent per month for apartment (1 bedroom) in city center
- Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
Social Environment (this is the one metric I most likely would have kept):
- Diversity, percentage of foreign born residents
- Cafes per capita
- Parks per capita
- Nightlife per capita
- Crime rate
- Average monthly net salary (after tax)
- Unemployment rate
- Employment rate
- Buy apartment price
Interested to see which North Carolina town is featured as one of the best college towns in America? Keep reading to see the 10 ten.