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Gainesville Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Best College Towns, 2015

Gainesville Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Best College Towns, 2015

LivabilityLivability.com has named Gainesville a Top 10 Best College Town, 2015. When choosing the best college towns, the site’s editors first analyzed data from the Census, Esri and other sources to find cities with a high concentration of schools and a highly educated population.

Gainesville provides a supportive place for students to thrive both academically and socially, endless entertainment options and cultural and economic enhancements from the area university. The dynamic created by the presence of a university and the students it attracts benefits the entire area.

“Gainesville has the resources students need to create and map out a successful career pathway, whether their ultimate goal is employment or entrepreneurship,” said Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Interim President/CEO Susan Davenport. “Living in a college town allows companies and residents to tap into the innovation and economic activity that education institutions provide, and the creative energy that students bring.“

Editors looked at cities that have a high population of 25- to 29-year-olds as an indicator of the town’s ability to retain graduates who decided it’s a cool enough place to stay after graduation. They also looked for diverse towns where education is a dominant employer. Some bonus points were given to towns with Division I athletics because, like it or not, strong sports programs help define college towns. The availability of rental housing and the affordability of that housing were also considered. Livability.com editors narrowed down the short list based on their experiences criss-crossing the nation and based on further research into town-and-gown relationships.

“For most college-bound kids, this is really the first time they are choosing where they get to live,” says Livability editor Matt Carmichael. “It shouldn’t be the only consideration in selecting a college, but it should be factored in.”

Top 10 Best College Towns, 2015

  1. Manhattan, KS
  2. Durham, NC
  3. Columbia, MO
  4. Berkeley, CA
  5. Denton, TX
  6. Cambridge, MA
  7. Gainesville, FL
  8. Columbia, SC
  9. Lincoln, NE
  10. Bowling Green, KY
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