One of the best college towns in the country is right here in Minnesota.
Schools.com this week named Mankato the second-best college town on its list of 25. It was the only Minnesota city on the list.
Mankato – which is home to Minnesota State University, Mankato; Bethany Lutheran College; South Central College; and has a Rasmussen College campus – earned the No. 2 spot because of the amenities it has and for the potential for students to get a job in the city after they graduate.
Schools.com says Mankato ranks ninth out of 170 communities for its low unemployment rate and comes in 14th for its short commute for workers. The website also touted the city's 900 acres of parks and trails.
The No. 1 college town on Schools.com's list is Ithaca, New York, home to Cornell University. Bozeman, Montana, came in at No. 3, followed by Minot, North Dakota, and Durango, Colorado, at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
For the list, Schools.com analyzed 170 communities that have at least one four-year college and populations of fewer than 150,000.
The website ranked each city on a 20-point scale based on seven factors, including population of young adults, entertainment options, median cost of rent, unemployment, and walkability, among other things.
Read more about the rankings here.