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 California is home to a handful of them.
While we could debate which colleges within the are the 'best,' that's not the goal of this post.
Instead, ride along with us as we determine which college towns in California 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.
Without further ado, here are the best college towns in California for 2022.
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 Berkeley, Santa Barbara and Stanford - we tip our hats to you and we'll schedule a tour for next week. You can see where Berkeley ranks in terms of the best college town in America.
Finally, if you live in Laguna Beach, CA - it's officially the worst college town in California. Sorry, Laguna Beach!
Read on to find out more or for more on California check out:
Colleges: University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley City College, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology
Colleges: University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College
Colleges: Stanford University
Colleges: Pasadena City College, Art Center College of Design, California Institute of Technology
Colleges: California State University-Chico, Marinello School of Beauty-Chico
Colleges: Palomar College, California State University-San Marcos, Palomar Institute of Cosmetology
Colleges: California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach City College, John Wesley International Barber and Beauty College
Colleges: Rosemead Beauty School, University of the West
Colleges: California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education, North-West College-Pomona
Colleges: Cypress College, Trident University International
To crunch our data on California's best college towns, we had to first 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 70 places in California 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 California For 2022".
And it looks like Berkeley placed Summa Cum Laude.
If you're looking for the best college towns in California, you came to the right place.
These places all have great college sports programs, tons of stuff to do, and are great places to raise a family.
If you're curious, these are the worst college towns in California, starting with the absolute worst, Laguna Beach:
For more reading, check out:
|2||Santa Barbara, CA||90911|
|6||San Marcos, CA||96219|
|7||Long Beach, CA||462081|
|11||San Luis Obispo, CA||47402|
|15||Santa Ana, CA||332610|
|16||Santa Cruz, CA||65011|
|18||La Mirada, CA||48260|
|20||San Jose, CA||1029409|
|22||San Francisco, CA||874784|
|24||San Diego, CA||1414545|
|28||Los Angeles, CA||3973278|
|33||Signal Hill, CA||11430|
|35||Santa Paula, CA||30297|
|37||San Dimas, CA||33812|
|40||Santa Clara, CA||126723|
|43||Santa Maria, CA||105528|
|46||La Verne, CA||32346|
|48||Thousand Oaks, CA||127648|
|50||Santa Monica, CA||91600|
|51||San Bernardino, CA||216784|
|55||San Rafael, CA||59178|
|56||Santa Clarita, CA||212519|
|57||Costa Mesa, CA||112958|
|61||Beverly Hills, CA||33709|
|66||Los Alamitos, CA||11521|
|70||Laguna Beach, CA||22991|