CHAMPAIGN — Champaign has made another top-10 "Best College Towns" list, this one from Livability.com in partnership with ABODO, which bills itself as the leading search engine for off-campus and young-professional apartments in the United States.
The rankings focus on five key criteria that factor in quality of life, local economy and diversity, and feature colleges and universities ranging from Ivy League and private to large and public.
Champaign ranks at No. 5 on the list, mainly because it is the home of the University of Illinois and Parkland College. It's also ranked as a "Best City for Entrepreneurs," as it is home to seven Fortune 500 companies and start-up opportunities, "making this art-loving town a great place for students and residents alike," according to Liveability.com.
The Livability.com team looked at U.S. Census Bureau figures and data from the U.S. Department of Education and considered cities with a large population of 25- to 29-year-olds as an indicator of the ability of the city to retain graduates. Also considered were median salaries; the availability and affordability of rental housing; and things to do.
The top 10, in descending order, are Ithaca, N.Y.; Ames, Iowa; State College, Pa.; Lafayette, Ind.; Champaign; College Station, Texas; Lawrence, Kan.;
Gainesville, Fla.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Corvallis, Ore.