8:12 am March 28, 2011, by Henry Unger
Athens is not as smart a college town as Auburn or Gainesville.
That’s according to a new ranking of the 25 smartest college towns in the U.S. by the online news website, The Daily Beast.
Athens came in No. 23, behind Auburn at No. 17 and Gainesville at No. 19.
With Harvard and MIT, Cambridge was first.
The Daily Beast said it used the following criteria to come up with its rankings:
– Bachelor’s degrees per capita for the over-25 population.
– Graduate degrees per capita for the over-25 population.
– Median math and reading SAT scores for the student population of the town’s major college or colleges.
– And libraries per capita.
Here’s the Top 25
1. Cambridge, Mass.
2. Chapel Hill, NC
3. Berkeley, CA
4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
5. Ithaca, NY
6. East Lansing, Mich.
7. Boulder, Colo.
8. Amherst, Mass.
9. State College, PA
10. College Park, Mrylnd.
11. Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
12. Davis, CA
13. Madison, Wisc.
14. Charlottesville, VA
15. Ames, Iowa
16. Columbia, Missouri
18. Kent, Ohio
20. Norman, Okla.
21. College Station, Tex.
22. (Mistake — town listed twice)
24. Lawrence, Kan.
25. South Bend, Ind.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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