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25 Best College Towns in America

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20. Columbia, Missouri
> College enrollment: 25.7% (30,953)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 51.9%
> No. of colleges and universities in area: 7
> 2017 annual unemployment: 2.6%
> Bars per 100K: 21.6

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19. Lawrence, Kansas
> College enrollment: 25.8% (24,599)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 57.1%
> No. of colleges and universities in area: 5
> 2017 annual unemployment: 3.1%
> Bars per 100K: 33.6

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18. Fayetteville, Arkansas
> College enrollment: 25.9% (21,717)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 49.4%
> No. of colleges and universities in area: 4
> 2017 annual unemployment: 2.6%
> Bars per 100K: 29.8

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17. Cambridge, Massachusetts
> College enrollment: 26.6% (29,388)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 74.1%
> No. of colleges and universities in area: 8
> 2017 annual unemployment: 2.4%
> Bars per 100K: 14.5

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16. Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
> College enrollment: 27.1% (33,437)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 41.0%
> No. of colleges and universities in area: 3
> 2017 annual unemployment: 4.8%
> Bars per 100K: 38.1

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