ITHACA, N.Y. — Yes, it’s happening again. Ithaca is in the running for another one of those “10 Best” lists. Cue the applause, or the groans.

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USA TODAY’s website, 10 Best, currently has Ithaca in the running as one of the top 10 small college towns in the United States. Small in this case is defined as having less than 100,000 permanent residents. Some of the other competitors in the Readers’ Choice poll include Charlottesville (Univ. of Virginia), Asheville (UNC-Asheville), Burlington (Univ. of Vermont) and Athens, Ohio, home of Ohio University and the frontrunner. As of this writing, Ithaca is currently in fourth place.

Now, we don’t meet to brag, but we like to think that the city of gorges has a leg up on the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio. Dozens of waterfalls just have a certain ambience that can’t be beat.

For what it’s worth, the contest isn’t completely based on popularity clicks. USA TODAY has retained several “experts” to weigh in on the ultimate order the top 10 college towns. Among those are The Atlantic writer Deborah Fallows, travel journalist Libby McMillan, Anna Hider of the website Roadtrippers, and veteran journalist and Pulitzer Prize contributor Larry Bleiberg.

Should you feel so inclined to vote, click this link here, or just copy and paste this URL into your browser’s address bar: . One vote is allowed per day, and the polls will close at  noon on April 25th.

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Brian Crandall

Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at