Ithaca Named Best College Town in America -- Again
The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has named Ithaca, New York, as the number one college town in America in its 2012-2013 AIER College Destinations Index.
Metropolitan areas were evaluated and ranked based on performance in 12 areas, including student concentration, student diversity, cost of living, earning potential, and arts and leisure options. Ithaca was at the top of the "College Towns" list of areas with a population of 250,000 or less.
"The characteristics that make up a great college destination often make a location ideal for business, retirement, and tourism," said Steven Cunningham, AIER's director of research and education. "A top AIER College Destinations Index ranking should be just as important to the town or city as it is to the schools located there and the families and students attending or considering them."