Archive for Monday, October 1, 2012

Lawrence ranked among top college towns

October 1, 2012, 2:05 p.m. Updated October 1, 2012, 3:38 p.m.


Lawrence is the eighth-best college town in the country, according to a national economic group.

The American Institute for Economic Research ranked Lawrence at No. 8 among college towns with populations below 250,000 in its 2012 College Destinations Index.

The rankings are based on 12 different metrics, including the number of students in the city’s population, cost of living, per-capita income and the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with at least a bachelor’s degree.

Lawrence was the second-ranked Big 12 Conference town on the list, after Ames, Iowa, home of Iowa State University. It outranked Columbia, Mo. (No. 10), and Manhattan, Kan. (No. 14).

Metropolitan areas with larger populations were ranked on separate lists.


Clark Coan 5 years, 5 months ago

I've heard that Ames is great place and plan to visit there this month.

Currahee 5 years, 5 months ago

I went to Iowa State there, it's really nice. College students also have a say in city affairs- there's a spot for an iowa state student on the ames city commission.

Alex Keiffer 5 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, Lawrence has consistently ranked among the best college towns in the nation. So this is no surprise; after all, your town does have quite a lot to offer. I live in Saint Joseph, MO, and try to come to Lawrence whenever I can.

(P.S.: I wonder where Manhattan ranked...)

happyjayhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

Irunsowhat- Lawrence is ranked on a list that is qualified with 12 different metrics, I am skeptical of the the happiness rankings as the article itself states that "what qualifies as happy is a mystery". Then proceeds to show pictures with no reasoning as to their findings. And I particularly find this happy ranking interesting since their number 1, Rice, was found just last year to be the 24th most stressful school in the nation...

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