3 Colorado cities make list of 30 best college towns in America

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DENVER — Colorado has some pretty great college towns. Three of those cities made a recent list of the 30 best college towns in America.

Lists like this come out every so often and this one comes from Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on cities.

The list looked at cities where college students make up at least 20 percent of the population. It used categories such as cost of living, public-school quality, the percentage of residents who hold at least a bachelor’s degree, among others.

The Colorado cities on the list include the obvious two, Boulder and Fort Collins, but also includes Golden coming in at No. 30.

The study gave Fort Collins and Golden a C-minus in cost of living, while Boulder got a D-minus. All three cities were given A’s in education, nightlife and weather, among others.

The top 30 best college towns in America, according to Niche.

30. Colorado School of Mines – Golden
29. Dickinson College – Carlisle, Pa.
28. Carlton College and St. Olaf College – Northfield, Minn.
27. University of Utah – Salt Lake City, Utah
26. University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Amherst College – Amherst, Mass.
25. University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wis.
24. Purdue University – West Lafayette, Ind.
23. Penn State University – State College, Pa.
22. University of Virginia – Charlottesville, Va.
21. University of Oklahoma – Norman, Okla.
20. Dartmouth University – Hanover, N.H.
19. University of California at Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, Calif.
18. University of Miami – Coral Gables, Fla.
17. University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa
16. Boston College – Newton, Mass.
15. University of Missouri – Columbia, Mo.
14. Colorado State University – Fort Collins
13. Arizona State University – Tempe, Ariz.
12. Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah
11. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, N.C.
10. Luther College – Decorah, Iowa
9. University of Kansas – Lawrence, Kan.
8. Princeton University – Princeton, N.J.
7. University of California at Irvine – Irvine, Calif.
6. University of California at Davis – Davis, Calif.
5. University of California at Berkeley – Berkeley, Calif.
4. University of Colorado at Boulder – Boulder
3. Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa
2. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor, Mich.
1. Harvard University and MIT – Cambridge, Mass.