CORVALLIS, Ore. — Corvallis has been ranked one of the best college towns in the country. The town ranks fifth in an assessment by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) in both the best college town and best college destination categories.
Corvallis’ top 5 ranking was based on its high quality of life, locally available professional opportunities for graduates and the academic environment of Oregon State University. It received high marks in education and science, degree attainment, percentage workforce in the arts, city accessibility and earning potential.
AIER is an independent, non-profit organization that annually assesses 227 college metropolitan areas and publishes a ranking of the best 75 college towns and cities across the United States. Portland was the only other Oregon city to make it into the top 75 and placed 14th in the “Mid-sized Metros” category.
Small college towns have been rising in the ranks because of the recent recession affecting larger cities. AIER says smaller college towns are comparatively recession-proof and have a more stable economy; the towns are dominated by schools and the attending students that consistently spend money, which supports the town.