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 Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida 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 St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Gainesville - we tip our hats to you and we'll schedule a tour for next week. You can see where St. Petersburg ranks in terms of the best college town in America.
Finally, if you live in Leesburg, FL - it's officially the worst college town in Florida. Sorry, Leesburg!
Read on to find out more or for more on Florida check out:
Colleges: University of South Florida-St Petersburg, Southeastern College-St. Petersburg
Colleges: St Petersburg College, Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater, National Aviation Academy of Tampa Bay
Colleges: University of Florida, Santa Fe College, City College-Gainesville
Colleges: University of South Florida-Main Campus, Hillsborough Community College, The University of Tampa
Colleges: Suncoast Technical College, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota School of Massage Therapy
Colleges: Florida SouthWestern State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Southern Technical College
Colleges: Eastern Florida State College
Colleges: Pensacola State College, The University of West Florida, George Stone Technical Center
Colleges: University of Miami, University of Southernmost Florida-Coral Gables Campus
Colleges: Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
To crunch our data on Florida'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 41 places in Florida 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 Florida For 2022".
And it looks like St. Petersburg placed Summa Cum Laude.
If you're looking for the best college towns in Florida, 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 Florida, starting with the absolute worst, Leesburg:
For more reading, check out:
|1||St. Petersburg, FL||264001|
|6||Fort Myers, FL||83505|
|9||Coral Gables, FL||49937|
|12||Fort Lauderdale, FL||181818|
|15||Boca Raton, FL||98776|
|16||Winter Park, FL||30764|
|19||Temple Terrace, FL||26901|
|20||Orange Park, FL||8764|
|23||Lake City, FL||12166|
|26||Pompano Beach, FL||111202|
|27||Avon Park, FL||10539|
|28||Daytona Beach, FL||68711|
|29||Miami Gardens, FL||110767|
|33||Lake Wales, FL||16515|
|35||North Miami, FL||62468|
|39||West Palm Beach, FL||111006|