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No. 1 college town in America!

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 9:34 AM by Michael Goens

Poyntz AvenueManhattan has been named the best college town in the country by Livability.com. The site touts itself as a showcase for America's best places to live, and specializes in determining what makes small- to medium-sized cities great places to live.

Livability develops rankings for a range of topics including college towns and an annual top 100 best places to live (Manhattan, No. 70). Quoting from the website, "College town residents benefit from the economic stability that universities provide and the creative energy that students bring."

There's no question that Manhattan has just such a simpatico relationship with K-State, and civic leadership has meshed well with university decision-makers who are trending a great course with the K-State 2025 visionary plan. The survey also cites this city's dynamic downtown, education-based economy and size that contribute to make The Little Apple "the perfect place to find great entertainment options, jobs and new friends while retaining a small town feel."

The analysis of top 10 college towns was substantiated in part by seeking highly-educated populations and cities with high concentrations of 25- to 29-year-olds. The latter is indicative of the ability to retain graduates who have decided that Manhattan is an attractive post-graduation destination.

K-State continues to be the No. 1 choice among Kansas high school seniors, with enrollment surging toward 25,000 and Manhattan population at 56,000. As both continue to grow, we should strive to maintain that small-town feel and hospitality that makes Manhattan such an appealing college town ... the best college town in America!

Manhattan tops list of Livability's 10 best college towns

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