Believe it or not, America has the best colleges in the world. It's been proven by data (and surveys) that the U.S. educational system is of the highest quality
It's actually not even close and Alabama is home to a handful of them.
While we could debate which colleges within Alabama are the 'best,' that's not the goal of this post.
Instead, ride along with us as we determine which college towns in Alabama are the best.
You know, the type of places where there's energy and stimulation, but the type of place you can walk around at night. The happiest, chillest, most downright fun places where you can send your kids off to college where you won't break the bank, or worry about their well being.
While some of these may not seem like a 'real' college town per se, when you look at the numbers, it's hard to argue against.
And for those who live in Jacksonville, Troy and Auburn - we tip our hats to you and we'll schedule a tour for next week. You can see where Jacksonville ranks in terms of the best college town in America.
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Colleges: Jacksonville State University
Colleges: Troy University, Troy University-Online, Troy University-Support Locations
Colleges: Auburn University
Colleges: University of Montevallo
Colleges: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Jefferson State Community College, Samford University
Colleges: University of Alabama in Huntsville, Oakwood University, J F Drake State Community and Technical College
Colleges: The University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College, Stillman College
Colleges: Tuskegee University
Colleges: University of South Alabama, Bishop State Community College, University of Mobile
Colleges: Talladega College
To crunch our data on Alabama's best college towns, we used Saturday Night Science to decide which qualities (or rankings) make sense to use in the data, and then crunch the numbers for our rankings.
First off, we firmly decided that only cities with a 4 year college should make the cut -- so there has to be at least one college granting bachelors degrees in town.
You might be surprised to hear that there are only 12 places in Alabama with an institution of higher learning with that criteria.
We ranked each city across each of the criteria, with one being the best.
We rolled up the individual scores into the category and ranked them again based on the category.
Finally, we took the average rank across each category, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best College Town In Alabama For 2024." We updated this article for 2024. This is our six time ranking the best college towns in Alabama.
And it looks like Jacksonville placed Summa Cum Laude.
If you're looking for the best college towns in Alabama, you came to the right place.
The best college towns in Alabama are Jacksonville, Troy, Auburn, Montevallo, Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Tuskegee, Mobile, and Talladega.
These places all have great college sports programs, tons of stuff to do, and are great places to raise a family.
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