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Forbes magazine says Palo Alto is America's #2 college town

Original post made by Sarah on Feb 14, 2009

1. Ann Arbor, Mich.
2. Palo Alto
3. Madison, Wis.
4. State College, Pa.
5. Lexington, Ky.
6. Fayetteville, Ark.
7. Chapel Hill, N.C.
8. Columbia, Mo.
9. Charlottesville, Va.
10. Bloomington, Ind.

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Comments (7)

Posted by Frank, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 14, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Wow, I thought this was a joke, but apparently it's not! Here's the link to the article:

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Posted by Sarah, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Those losers in Boston/Cambridge didn't even make the top 10.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Feb 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm

"...Ann Arbor has great public schools, low crime and affordable housing. Not surprisingly, it all adds up to the highest rank on our list of best college towns. It beats out Palo Alto, Calif., home to Stanford."

"...we looked at the price of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,200-square-foot home in each market and compared it to the median income.

In Columbia, Mo., for example, home of the University of Missouri, that size of house runs $217,500. When combined with a $40,178 salary, it's an affordable locale."


I can't believe PA is even number two because it misses on the "affordable housing" category.




Posted by Kate, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Columbia, Missouri is indeed a lovely college town. It just happens to have atrocious weather. ice storms, tornadoes, snow, humidity, heat - the list goes on. But people there love it. More power to 'em.


Posted by resident, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 15, 2009 at 11:55 am

Palo Alto was ranked #2 SPORTS town, not just as a college town.


Posted by time to take credit..., a resident of Community Center
on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Its time to let the City of PA pat itself on the back. What did the City of PA do? Nothing .. but they will figure a way to take credit.


Posted by steven, a resident of Stanford
on Feb 20, 2009 at 11:34 am

I grew up in Ann Arbor and now live in Palo Alto - lucky me! I have to say Ann Arbor was (and still is) an amazing place. Having the university intimately integrated in to the town is very unique, as most campuses are completely separate. So big pluses are: schools, affordable housing, amazing University, great local sports (both U of M and Detroit teams), etc; big minus (very BIG) is winter weather and cloudy skies! Palo Alto weather and locale is un-matched but housing situation is criminally too expensive! Why isn't Eugene, OR or Chapel Hill, NC on the list?


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