Ithaca, N.Y. — Business Insider published a story on Tuesday that called Ithaca the second best small city for “educated millennials.”
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The BI story cited a new report published by the American Institute for Economic Research, which used a few different criteria in coming up with its list.
Rounding out the top 5:
1 — Iowa City, Iowa;
2 — Ithaca, NY;
3 — Lawrence, Kansas;
4 — Champaign-Urbana, Illinois;
5 — Bloomington, Indiana.
Here’s how BI explains Ithaca’s place on the list:
Metro area population: 104,000. Ithaca has been named the best college town in the past; it’s also a great town for young graduates. Surrounded by strong schools such as Ivy League institution Cornell University and Ithaca College, it’s no surprise that Ithaca would appeal to young, educated people.
The college town offers several unique festivals, such as the Apple Festival in the fall, Chili Fest in February, and the Circus Eccentrithaca.
We also have mixed feelings about these lists stories — on the one hand, they drum up community pride and excitement about Ithaca. So that’s good.
On the other hand, these cheap list stories also seem to lead to some undeserved cheerleading and can feel a bit pointless. So here’s a link to remind you that even if Ithaca’s a great place for “educated millennials,” it’s far from perfect: http://ithacavoice.wpengine.com/2015/05/new-report-shows-just-how-hard-poor-must-work-to-live-in-ithaca/
In any case, congrats (educated millennials in) Ithaca!