Many college towns endured the recession relatively unscathed -- some even found resources to grow during it: median growth for college towns from 2006-2009 was 1.1 percent. According to USA Today, a good number of universities provided their surrounding cities with a "buffer against economic whiplash."
Below, find the 13 fastest-growing college towns -- ones that are seeing their populaces grow despite national economic turmoil. Do any of them surprise you?
See USA Today's full list and report here.