On the overall list, Austin, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; Tampa, Florida; and Ann Arbor, Michigan took home the top 5 spots for best college towns or cities.
So what makes a college town the best? The report ranked 415 cities of varying sizes in categories such as affordability, social environment, and academic and economic opportunities.
That included looking at things such as share of rental units, average costs of pizza beer, student gender balance, presence of NCAA Division 1 sports teams, share of part-time jobs and earning potential for recent college graduates.
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Here's the breakdown of Atlanta's scoring:
Atlanta ranked as the 9th best large college city in the country and No. 16 overall
Wallet friendliess rank: 272
Social environment rank: 9
Academic and economic opportunities rank: 146
Total score: 58.82
Large cities were defined in the study as having a population of more than 300,000 residents, midsize cities as having between 125,000 to 300,000 people and small cities as less than 125,000 people.
The report looked only at the city proper, not the surrounding metro area.
Other findings included:
- Savannah was ranked the 58th best midsize college town
- Savannah ranked No. 1 for "lowest cost of higher education"
- Statesboro ranked No. 4 for highest share of rental units
- For best small college towns, Valdosta was No. 120 and Albany was No. 140
- Among midsize cities, Macon ranked 113th, Columbus ranked 123rd and Augusta ranked 148th