Calling Boulder “a hip and healthy town with a hippy past and great views of the Flatirons,” Best College Reviews named it No. 1 on its list of the 50 Best College Towns in America.
Fort Collins was the only other Colorado college town to make the list, coming in at No. 14.
“There are a lot of things that have to click to make a truly great college town,” according to Best College Reviews. “Whether it’s feeling the palpable vibe of an alma mater, having tons to do, or the fact that your college town is a great place to stay after you’ve graduated, we’ve worked to provide you with a quality list of the best college towns in the nation."
Best College Reviews considered a college town’s:
- Student-to-resident ratio
- Cultural Offerings
- School Presence
- Large Employers
“Boulder is one of the nation’s most celebrated towns – in rankings it regularly gets voted the best outdoor town, the brainiest city, one of the top cities for artists and America’s Foodiest Town,” according to Best College Reviews. “Though it’s relatively small, the entire city is walkable, there are hundreds of miles of bicycle paths and an outstanding public transit system.”
Best College Reviews touts Boulder’s nature trails, green space and height-limited buildings as to not block the view of the mountains. It also recognized Pearl Street Mall with its “fine food, book stores, art galleries and coffee shops.”
Besides serving as home to the University of Colorado and Naropa University (the nation’s first Buddhist University), Boulder is also the location of numerous science institutes, local artisanal movements and tech companies as well as employers such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations, the Geological Society of America and the Space Science Institute.
“Boulder has the perfect mix of student life and post graduate livability, making it an easy selection as our best college town in America,” Best College Reviews reports.
Ranked No. 14, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and on Money magazine’s Best Places to Live in the U.S .list since 2006.
“A great homegrown music and microbrewery scene complement the town’s collegiate vibes, with one of its most attended events hosted by New Belgium Brewery – Tour de Fat, as the event is called – draws over 20,000 people riding bikes and dressing in costume,” Best College Reviews reports.
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