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San Francisco ranks highest in new study on best US metro cities for college students

A new study conducted by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) states that San Francisco is the best metropolitan city in the country for college students.

Results of the study were released on Tuesday, after AIER studied nine different pieces of criteria: youth unemployment; share of college-educated population; pervasiveness of diversity; the labor force participation of young adults; share of STEM workers; rental costs; ease of access to the city without a car; presence of arts and entertainment; and bars and restaurants.

Based on this criteria San Francisco topped the list for metropolitan cities, followed by Boston and Washington D.C.

Midsize cities (classified as having one million to two-and-a-half million residents) were Denver, Austin, and Portland Oregon.

The top smallest cities, with less than one million residents, were Ann Arbor, Michigan; Tallahassee, Florida and Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“The location you choose to go to college determines where you will likely spend the next four years of your life, and possibly where you will start your career. Our ranking reflects the characteristics that make cities attractive to the average college student,” said Amanda Knarr, program coordinator at AIER.

San Francisco, the study states, offers a favorable economic climate and strong opportunities for work opportunities after graduation.

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