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The 30 Best College Towns in America

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25. New Brunswick, New Jersey
> Largest college in the area: Rutgers University-New Brunswick
> Pop. enrolled in college: 27.0% (15,092)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 2
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 22.6%
> Unemployment rate: 5.8%
> Bars and restaurants: 183.8 per 100,000 people

24. East Lansing, Michigan
> Largest college in the area: Michigan State University
> Pop. enrolled in college: 64.3% (31,319)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 4
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 72.0%
> Unemployment rate: 8.6%
> Bars and restaurants: 185.1 per 100,000 people

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23. Columbia, Missouri
> Largest college in the area: University of Missouri-Columbia
> Pop. enrolled in college: 25.3% (30,677)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 5
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 52.2%
> Unemployment rate: 4.4%
> Bars and restaurants: 188.6 per 100,000 people

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22. College Station, Texas
> Largest college in the area: Texas A&M University
> Pop. enrolled in college: 41.4% (47,065)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 2
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 58.6%
> Unemployment rate: 4.0%
> Bars and restaurants: 173.1 per 100,000 people

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21. Gainesville, Florida
> Largest college in the area: University of Florida
> Pop. enrolled in college: 34.8% (45,971)
> Colleges and universities in the area: 9
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 45.1%
> Unemployment rate: 5.2%
> Bars and restaurants: 185.4 per 100,000 people

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