Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, May 13, 2015

Big Ten towns are fantastic places to call home for both students and recent graduates.

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According to American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), the Big Ten boasts four of the top 10 best cities for college grads in 2015.

Even more impressive: Iowa City comes in at No. 1 and Ann Arbor No. 3. Only Ithaca, New York, stands in the way of Big Ten towns staking claim to the top 2.

"A growing technology corridor has improved economic opportunity in Iowa City, and low rents, more restaurants and bars, as well as a diverse population, also attract young people,"AIER's director of research and education Rosalind Greenstein said of Iowa City.

Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington round out the top 10, coming in at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

Here's how the study came to its results, according to

The report measured 75 metro areas on factors, including employment rates, racial diversity and the average salary for residents aged 22-35 with a bachelor's degree or higher. It also took into account both job opportunities and "amenities" like restaurants, well-priced apartments and the ease of biking to work.

See the full top 10.