Oxford markets itself as a popular tourist destination on its site, and it's clear why: writers like William Faulkner and John Grisham have called the town home. And its university, dubbed "Ole Miss," enrolled 23,258 students in the fall of 2017.
About a quarter of Auburn's workforce is employed by Auburn University (around 4,300 employees).
10. Morgantown, West Virginia — Overall score: 36.20
Colleges near Morgantown: West Virginia University
Morgantown offers a number of incentives for small-business owners, including its own Economic Restructuring Committee and the West Virginia University School of Business and Economics.
9. Stillwater, Oklahoma — Overall score: 36.55
Colleges near Stillwater: Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma State University
Stillwater's two largest employers are Oklahoma State University (6,069 employees) and Stillwater Medical Center (1,200 employees).
8. West Lafayette, Indiana — Overall score: 36.80
Colleges near West Lafayette: Purdue University
Purdue's current enrollment is 40,000, almost as much as the city's population. The university itself employs some 12,000 people, making it the single biggest employer in West Lafayette. There's also Purdue Research Park, which hosts around 140 companies.
7. Newark, Delaware — Overall score: 36.90
Colleges near Newark: University of Delaware
The University of Delaware prides itself on its business, chemistry, and biochemistry studies, which go hand in hand with Delaware's growing chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Colleges near Harrisburg: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Penn State Harrisburg, Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg's top employers are: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (state government, 21,885 employees) United States Federal government (including military, 18,000 employees), Giant Food Stores (grocery store chain, 8,902 employees), and Penn State Hershey Medical Center (8,849 employees). The Hershey Company alone employs over 13,000 people (including manufacturing and Hersheypark).
Colleges near College Park: University of Maryland, Washington Adventist University
In 2017, College Park released a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, where it listed its top employers. Here are the top three: University of Maryland, College Park (17,072 employees), University of Maryland University College (2,000 employees), National Archives and Records Administration (1,700 employees).
Colleges near Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame
According to City-Data, Notre Dame, Indiana, has the highest percentage of college students in town, and 50% of all workers are in the educational services industry. 79.2% of residents are also college graduates, compared to Indiana's average, 20.9%.