The 20 best college towns in America to start your career
- These days, you can start a career right in the town where you went to college.
- According to a recent list compiled by Grand Canyon University, most of the best college towns for starting a career are east of the Mississippi River.
- The top towns included Notre Dame, Indiana; Kingston, Rhode Island; and Morehead, Kentucky.
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If you've just graduated from college, why leave town? You might be able to start your career in the same place you called home while studying.A recent list compiled by Grand Canyon University ranked the best college towns to start a career in, using data from the US Census, Yelp, Indeed, and US Climate Data. They based their findings on several factors, including job markets, local culture (museums, restaurants, events), and city infrastructure. Advertisement
The top city was Notre Dame, Indiana, which is home to (you guessed it) Notre Dame University. In fact, all but three college towns on the list were east of the Mississippi River: Vermillion, South Dakota; Wayne, Nebraska; and Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Here are the top 20 college towns to start a career in.
20. Fairfax, Virginia — Overall score: 35.65
19. Highland Heights, Kentucky — Overall score: 35.65Advertisement
18. Columbia, South Carolina — Overall score: 35.75
(T) 15. Vermillion, South Dakota — Overall score: 35.80Advertisement
(T) 15. Wayne, Nebraska — Overall score: 35.80
(T) 15. Athens, Ohio — Overall score: 35.80Advertisement
14. Carbondale, Illinois — Overall score: 35.95
13. Blacksburg, Virginia — Overall score: 36.05Advertisement
(T) 11. Oxford, Mississippi — Overall score: 36.15
(T) 11. Auburn, Alabama — Overall score: 36.15Advertisement
10. Morgantown, West Virginia — Overall score: 36.20
9. Stillwater, Oklahoma — Overall score: 36.55Advertisement
8. West Lafayette, Indiana — Overall score: 36.80
7. Newark, Delaware — Overall score: 36.90Advertisement
6. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Overall score: 36.95
5. Oxford, Ohio — Overall score: 37.15Advertisement
4. College Park, Maryland — Overall score: 37.40
3. Morehead, Kentucky — Overall score: 38.50Advertisement
2. Kingston, Rhode Island — overall score: 38.60
1. Notre Dame, Indiana — Overall score: 42.50Advertisement
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