Anne Erickson


The best small college town in the USA

Michigan has plenty of great colleges and universities, and now, a new study says that the Mitten has the No. 1 best small college town in America. We shouldn’t be surprised, because it seems as if Michigan always tops these lists of the best colleges and college towns. I especially agree with these findings, because I graduated from a university here in Michigan and couldn’t have been happier with my personal experience.

The folks at have put together a list of the 10 Best Small College Towns in the USA. They note the charm and benefits of a smaller school, stating, “In a world where ‘bigger’ is often seen as ‘better,’ small towns can easily get overlooked. When choosing a university, though, good things often come in small packages.” They add some benefits of small town life include that, “Small college towns are often safer and more affordable than big cities. Their populations can be surprisingly varied, yet their smaller sizes make them easier for newcomers to navigate. ‘Town and gown’ relationships — that is, the interactions between small town residents and university students — can be much closer than those in a major metropolis.” has used plenty of statistics to find the top small college towns the USA has to offer. Some of the statistics they highlight include rent, average salary, the cost of beer (yes, they actually made this a factor), the number of parks, the crime rate and more. So, what Michigan small town was named the No. 1 in America to go to college? It’s a perennial favorite, as we see this city on a lot of “best-of” lists, especially when it comes to education. Read on for the full list of the 10 best small college towns in the USA via Find more information on each of the college towns here.

  • 10. Auburn, Alabama

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  • 9. Asheville, North Carolina

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  • 8. West Lafayette, Indiana

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    Welcome to West Lafayette, home of Purdue University. We're home to famous travelers like Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong. We're home to historic neighborhoods and iconic restaurants like Harry's Chocolate Shop, Triple XXX Restaurant, and Bruno's that have delighted Boilermakers for generations.

  • 7. Clemson, South Carolina

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    At Clemson, we believe in the value of hard work, and we pursue that work tirelessly. We believe that our collective calling as a University is to change lives, change perception and, through our work, to change the world. A new class of first-year undergraduate students will soon arrive in Tigertown to begin their Clemson Experience.

  • 6. Rochester, Minnesota

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  • 5. Grand Forks, North Dakota

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    Grand Forks, ND is located along the North Dakota/Minnesota border along the Red River of the North. Grand Forks is the proud home of the University of North Dakota and the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

  • 4. La Crosse, Wisconsin

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  • 3. Newark, Delaware

  • 2. St. Charles, Missouri

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  • 1. Ann Arbor, Michigan

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    You may come to the Ann Arbor area to experience world-class dining, or unique shopping. Perhaps you travel here for an event - a football game, the famous Art Fair or a conference. Ann Arbor is a treasured Michigan destination with fun to be had year-round.

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