Site ranks Ann Arbor No. 2 college town in America

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Rankings are always fun. They’re even more fun in the summer, when we need something to debate until the games start. Well, posted a popular list ranking the best college towns that made its way around social media Thursday, and the Big Ten was all over it. In fact, the Big Ten owned two of the top three towns: Ann Arbor (No. 2) and Madison (No. 3).

Boulder came in at No. 1, for the curious minds.

Editor’s note: This ranking was compiled by and does not reflect the opinion of BTN or any employees.

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Here’s how the Big Ten fared:
No. 2: Ann Arbor, Mich.
No. 3 Madison, Wis.
No. 8: State College, Pa.
No. 9: Iowa City, Iowa
No. 13: Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
No. 25: Minneapolis, Minn.
No. 27: Lincoln, Neb.
No. 33: Lafayette, Ind.*
No. 36: Bloomington, Ind.
No. 49: Lansing, Mich.*

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Agree with this list? Who’s too high? Too low?

According to the site, it reached its ranking by considering livability, student-to-resident ratio, cultural offerings, school presence and large employers.

* — The site includes Michigan State in Lansing and Purdue in Lafayette.


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Samantha on 8/14/2014 @ 2:05pm EDT Said:

Oh my god it’s East Lansing!

Herpaderp? on 8/14/2014 @ 2:15pm EDT Said:

Piscataway? College Park?

Ed Littler on 8/14/2014 @ 2:24pm EDT Said:

Nebraska way over Minneapolis!!! No Doubt.

Jason on 8/14/2014 @ 2:38pm EDT Said:

The only reason Purdue isn’t number 1 is they probably used stats from the crap-hole which is lafayette. West lafayette population consists of 40000 students, professors/family, and 1 homeless man (state-street Steve). That list is way off…

S. Ray on 8/14/2014 @ 2:39pm EDT Said:

MSU at #49? btw…it’s EAST Lansing. You can’t even compare the two. Would be nice if you had this correct.

    Brent Yarina, Senior Editor on 8/14/2014 @ 4:22pm EDT Said:

    It is. But the site included Michigan State in Lansing. You can find its writeup by clicking on link.

Chris Smith on 8/14/2014 @ 3:13pm EDT Said:

You’ve got to be kidding me? Madison & Ann Arbor are the only B1G campuses that rival Bloomington. Who made this list?

Doug on 8/14/2014 @ 3:16pm EDT Said:

even my u of m friends say how much better east lansing is than ann arbor who made this list desmond howard and charles woodson ?

John Ettinger on 8/14/2014 @ 3:27pm EDT Said:

Anyone who would rate Lafayette, IN over Bloomington, IN has never been to either.

akble on 8/14/2014 @ 3:46pm EDT Said:

No Columbus? haha

Tom Reynolds on 8/14/2014 @ 4:28pm EDT Said:

Horrific rankings. Bloomington, Indiana is consistently rated a top NATIONAL college town. 9th in the Big 10 and ranked lower than West Lafayette and Champaign? What a joke. This doesn’t pass the objectivity smell test.

clblevel on 8/14/2014 @ 5:25pm EDT Said:

That’s the worst list I’ve ever seen. What a joke. I think they drew the names out of a hat. So many errors, where to start, but West Lafayette? Child please. Bloomington is far superior.

TJ on 8/14/2014 @ 8:39pm EDT Said:

Bloomington has a football team?

Kerry on 8/14/2014 @ 8:39pm EDT Said:

Bloomington is a hole-in-the-wall that would barely exist if it weren’t for IU. Lafayette is a good city on its own, Purdue is icing on the cake.

Catherine on 8/14/2014 @ 8:40pm EDT Said:

They were looking at statistics…need to really get out and vist each place. What does employers in the area have to do with a great college town. East Lansing is way better than Lansing. Another lame article.

Tim on 8/14/2014 @ 8:52pm EDT Said:

EAST LANSING MICHIGAN! Where the State of Michigan goes for Championship Football and Basketball

Ruth Ricketts on 8/14/2014 @ 9:17pm EDT Said:

These people have never been to some of these cities I have been to many. Burlington, VT is a pure joke $10 for nasty tuna sandwich and cup of tea. Ft Collins, Co was way on the dirty side and no work. REALLY and no Columbus

Sam on 8/14/2014 @ 9:31pm EDT Said:

weak list…the fact that MSU has been listed as one of the top party schools should make it higher on this list….and ya…from a Lansing native, get it right…the school’s in EAST LANSING which is its own city…

Scott S. on 8/14/2014 @ 10:04pm EDT Said:

This person obviously has never been to Lincoln on football Saturday..where EVERYONE in town wears red, going to the game or not.

Eric Stanko on 8/14/2014 @ 10:49pm EDT Said:

Ann Arbor is a weaker version of Madison. Much weaker.

BoogieKnight on 8/14/2014 @ 11:15pm EDT Said:

The problem with the above poll is that they lump into NYC the half of New Jersey in which Rutgers resides,and there’s no way they will consider NYC a “college town.”

However, in another survey…
New Brunswick, NJ = home of Rutgers = #5 most exciting small city in the U.S.

maryam on 8/14/2014 @ 11:50pm EDT Said:

Other than Ann Arbor, my favorire Big 10 town is Iowa City, Iowa.
So peaceful and old fashion.
Champaign and Urbana has good parts and some real hoods.

John on 8/15/2014 @ 12:14am EDT Said:

You are supposed to be a so-called expert on the Big 10? You are nothing but a complete joke and the most misinformed reporter I have ever read!! You can’t even get the names of the towns the universities are located in. How can we believe anything you write in the future? What a freaking joke you are!!!

    Brent Yarina, Senior Editor on 8/15/2014 @ 9:28am EDT Said:

    John – We didn’t come up with this list. It is from, and it decided to include Michigan State in Lansing and Purdue in Lafayette. Thank you.

Brad on 8/15/2014 @ 8:57am EDT Said:

The E.L. is a different location than Lansing. If you are doing these types of comparisons you may want to get the cities correct at a minimum.

Msu man on 8/15/2014 @ 10:47am EDT Said:

***Yawn** The fact that the site considers MSU to be in Lansing makes this article pointless. Get your facts straight smh.

Ryan on 8/15/2014 @ 10:59am EDT Said:

East Lansing is very small compared to Lansing. East lansing really only has a couple streets worth of things to do besides the campus. Downtown Lansing is much cooler, tall buildings, ballpark, state capital.

That said, Ann Arbor still has more things to do and is a much more desirable place to be. It’s a destination town with one of the highest rated main streets in America. EL doesn’t even have a main st…

Bobby on 8/15/2014 @ 12:16pm EDT Said:

Herpaderp? on 8/14/2014 @ 2:15pm EDT Said:

Piscataway? College Park?
#51 and #52

Michigan Man Mythos (@MichiganManMyth) on 8/15/2014 @ 12:57pm EDT Said:

Full disclosure, I’m a Michigan grad, but I’ve visited every B1G college town on game weekends save Rutgers and Maryland. Here is my ranking based on my experiences.

1. Madison
2. Ann Arbor
3. Bloomington
4. Lincoln
5. Minneapolis
6. Columbus
7. Iowa City
8. State College
9. Urbana-Champaign
10. East Lansing
11. West Lafayette

Michigan Man Mythos (@MichiganManMyth) on 8/15/2014 @ 12:59pm EDT Said:

Forgot Evanston. I’d slot that at 9, pushing UIUC to 10, etc.

hadley smith on 8/15/2014 @ 1:21pm EDT Said:

You tell ’em brent..some ppl–like john, just don’t comprehend things as well as some of us do. Same with brad, he prob. thinks you wrote the art. too!! Some intr. choices though. Kinda surprised Columbus didn’t make it. But there too big and too spread that’s pro. why..

M. T. Meyers on 8/15/2014 @ 3:48pm EDT Said:

Born and raised in Lansing/East Lansing, I can assure you that MSU used to be thee greatest place — for basically everything. As of the last 15 years you wouldn’t find me dead hanging out in downtown E.L.– the worst bars, the worst kids, no live music– pure homogenous sheep. Hollister douche bags everywhere, strictly average looking girls who act like drunken divas, and that one guy who refuses to help you get blood out of a giraffe costume…..something has gone horribly wrong in our great Spartan nation. I don’t even have a couch to sleep on anymore. Go Green!

motownwalt on 8/18/2014 @ 10:24pm EDT Said:

These rankings lose all credibility when they have Michigan State in Lansing and Purdue in Lafayette. Morons,