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America's Most Economically Vibrant College Towns: Atlantic List

First Posted: 09/23/11 10:09 AM ET   Updated: 11/23/11 05:12 AM ET

A college town isn't just a place full of excellent coffee-shops anymore. It can also be a place full of interesting new start-ups and innovative jobs.

The Atlantic recently named the 20 most economically vibrant college towns. University of Colorado's Boulder topped the list, with University of Michigan's Ann Arbor coming in second.

The Atlantic has more:


Our measure is not limited to smaller, more traditional college towns, but also includes larger metros like Boston, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and New York, which are home to major college campuses and large numbers of students and faculty. We measure economic vibrancy in terms of six key variables: per capita income, high-tech industry concentration, the rate of innovation (measured as patents per capita), human capital (the percentage of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher), percent of the workforce in the creative class, and the affordability of housing.

Check out our slide show of the 10 most economically vibrant college towns. Then tell us, what's your favorite city on the list? Weigh in below!

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To check out the top 20, click over to the Atlantic.

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