The small city of 114,000 boasts top-flight restaurants and bars, a symphony and ballet, as well as museums and concert halls hosting national-level entertainment. And what full-time residents also know: Ann Arbor has great public schools, low crime and affordable housing. Not surprisingly, it all adds up to the highest rank on our list of best college towns.
At a time when most quality of life news out of Michigan is focused on Detroit's woes, there are a lot of things to like about Ann Arbor--even if the hometown Wolverines missed a bowl this season. A four-bedroom home runs just $303,750, while median salaries are $51,232, making this the 14th most affordable market on our list. Schools ranked eighth overall, and Ann Arbor has the fourth lowest crime rate of any college on our list.
Here's the complete top 10 if you wanted to know. I suggest reading the whole article i linked if you're still curious why the town you went to school in is far less cooler than the town my school happens to be in.
10 Bloomington, Indiana (Indiana)
9 Charlottesville, Virginia (UVA)
8 Columbia, Missouri (Missouri)
7 Chapel Hill, North Carolina (UNC)
6 Fayetteville, Arkansas (Arkansas)
5 Lexington, Kentucky
4 State College, Pennsylvania (Kentucky)
3 Madison, Wisconsin (Wisconsin
2 Palo Alto (Stanford)