National ranking says Rochester is a top-20 college town

Boulder, Colorado, is the top-ranked college town in the US, according to a new list from the American Institute for Economic Research.

The city of roughly 200,000 (for its metro area population) earned the top spot thanks to its accessibility — more than 20% of commuters take public transportation or cycle around Boulder Creek Corridor — and diverse and educated population. Boulder also has an active bar-and-restaurant scene, with plenty of coffee shops and microbreweries.

AIER compiled its list using nine economic, demographic, and quality-of-life factors. It defines college towns as having fewer than 250,000 residents.

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Information about the study included in Inside Business:
http://www.businessinsider.com/best-college-towns-in-america-2017-1

Specifics about the American Institute for Economic Research findings:
https://www.aier.org/cdi-2017/boulder-colo

Specifics from the findings for Rochester, MN and sign up page for more detail:
https://www.aier.org/cdi-2017/rochester-minn