One would think with Marist and Vassar Colleges in town, Poughkeepsie would have a shot to be among the best college towns in the country. Unfortunately we didn't even crack the top 20. Two from New York did make the list however.

The American Institute for Economic Research has named Ithaca the top college town in the nation. They rank this high based on "entrepreneurial activity and research and development while also having a high number of college educated people". The two main schools, Cornell and Ithaca College, with combined enrollment of almost 28,000 students nearly matches the towns total population of 30,000.

The other local college town cracking the top 20 was Binghamton, NY. With more than 15 colleges within 50 miles, there's a huge influx of college students to the area every fall. Binghamton makes the list based on cost of housing, earning potential and a few other factors.

  1. Ithaca, NY
  2. Ames, IA
  3. Corvallis, OR
  4. Iowa City, IA
  5. State College, PA
  6. Fargo, ND
  7. Champaign-Urbana, IL
  8. Columbia, MO
  9. Missoula, MT
  10. College Station, TX