WalletHub went on an exhaustive search to uncover the best college towns. It reviewed 326 cities with a population of 7,500 students or greater, looking at 23 academic, social, and financial metrics. Those indicators included the quality of higher education, crime rates, the cost of living, and the number of students per capita, according to Forbes staffer Kathryn Dill.
What Dill ultimately reported might not sit well with Ohio State alums:
At the top of the list of the best college cities and towns is Ann Arbor, Michigan, home to the University of Michigan. Though Ann Arbor gains middling marks for “wallet friendliness,” it scores high on the list for opportunities, and second overall for “youth-oriented environment.” The city has the fifth highest number of students per capita of any on this list.