Special Report

The 30 Best College Towns in America

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30. DeKalb, Illinois
> Largest college in the area: Northern Illinois University
> Pop. enrolled in college: 30.2% (12,969)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 2
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 38.9%
> Unemployment rate: 9.5%
> Bars and restaurants: 162.9 per 100,000 people

29. Normal, Illinois
> Largest college in the area: Illinois State University
> Pop. enrolled in college: 32.0% (17,550)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 4
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 48.5%
> Unemployment rate: 2.9%
> Bars and restaurants: 168.6 per 100,000 people

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28. San Marcos, Texas
> Largest college in the area: Texas State University
> Pop. enrolled in college: 34.8% (22,004)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 2
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 33.5%
> Unemployment rate: 7.5%
> Bars and restaurants: 166.8 per 100,000 people

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27. Morgantown, West Virginia
> Largest college in the area: West Virginia University
> Pop. enrolled in college: 41.2% (12,650)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 6
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 55.0%
> Unemployment rate: 9.7%
> Bars and restaurants: 225.6 per 100,000 people

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26. Blacksburg, Virginia
> Largest college in the area: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
> Pop. enrolled in college: 57.9% (25,651)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 2
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 71.4%
> Unemployment rate: 5.1%
> Bars and restaurants: 184.4 per 100,000 people