Apparently having a university offering a top-notch education isn’t the only attraction for Boulder.
According to Livability, people also love to live in Boulder, landing the community at the top of its Top 10 College Towns 2013 list.
“The best college towns appeal not just to potential students but to potential residents and businesses looking for strong economies and opportunities to grow,” reports Livability. “Sports teams, research facilities, historic buildings, and proximity to bars and restaurants create an attractive atmosphere to spend four (or five) years, but a university's off-campus impact can also shape a town's character and keep people there for a lifetime.”
But there’s so much to love about living in Boulder – rock climbing, skiing, hiking, sampling microbrews and museum exhibits – that attending classes and studying are more likely students’ hobbies, according to Livability.
Livability describes Boulder as “a city of innovative thinkers, environmentalists and researchers who work as hard as they play.”
“… residents place a high value on the city's diverse perspectives. Breathtaking natural beauty, a sense of cultural freedom and a highly educated population combine to deliver a wildly creative atmosphere where both students and residents flourish,” Livability reports.
The organization praises college students’ involvement in city and neighboring communities’ organizations, such as collaborating with the city of Boulder to design and build an outdoor classroom and arboretum in a local park, or the Leeds School of Business students assisting low-income families prepare tax filings and teach a semester-long course in finance to middle school students.
Livability points out Boulder’s residents’ tendency to live “highly active lifestyles,” thanks to its vicinity to the mountains and 300 days of sunshine a year, as well as the businesses and street performers that lure residents and students alike to sample their wares and fares.
Here’s a look at all of the communities that made Livability’s Top 10 College Towns 2013 and the educational institutions they’re home to:
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