After graduating, many University of Colorado Boulder students don’t want to look or go very far to find their post-grad home and job: they would prefer to stay right where they are.
Boulder’s popularity among local college grads landed it at No. 42 on College Ranker’s 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever. It was one of only two Colorado college towns to make the list; Fort Collins ranked No. 3.
“College towns are great for more than just the time while you are in school,” according to College Ranker. “Many of them have a thriving economy and culture that make them perfect for a long-term commitment to the area.”
College grads look at community, neighborhoods and schools in deciding whether to stay in the cities of their alma maters, it reports.
College Ranker recognized Boulder not only for those qualities, but its beautiful mountain views and more liberal population.
“The city is also a favorite among nature enthusiasts and outdoors activists who enjoy the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains areas,” it reports.
College Ranker also noted the Pearl Street Mall as “the social center of Boulder with several restaurants and specialty shops as well as major department stores:” major employers that include IBM Corp. and Lockheed Martin; the Hill District, with various shops and entertainment attractions; and CU Boulder’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
While the home of Colorado State University, Fort Collins, ranked considerably higher on College Ranker’s list, the organization failed to explain why, other than noting some of its history and that it was named the best or among the best places to live on numerous lists in recent years.
Lawrence, Kan., home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, ranked No. 2, and St. Augustine, Fla., took top honors on College Ranker’s list.
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