Ithaca, N.Y. — A new ranking out today from the American Institute for Economic Research calls Ithaca the best college town in the country.

The AIER describes its study as an “objective look at 12 key criteria that impact learning experiences across America,” including the categories of “student life; culture; economic health; (and) opportunity.”

(Zac Peterson/Ithaca Voice)

Coming in after Ithaca were:

2 — Ames, Iowa

3 — Corvallis, Oregon

4 — Iowa City, Iowa

5 — State College, Penn

As Business Insider reported:

Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, this city in upstate New York ranked first for a number of reasons. It had the highest research capacity ($27,158 spent on research and development in 2011), the highest percentage of workers traveling by public transportation or on foot (22.6%), and one of the highest percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree (51.9%).

Ithaca also scored high in terms of its “Concentration of arts, entertainment, and recreation establishments,” though lagged behind in something called “innovation producers.”

You can read the study here.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.