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Old Main on the Penn State University Park campus on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

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State College is the best small college town in Pennsylvania and among the best locations for students in the nation, according to a new ranking.

Preply, an online language tutoring company, recently ranked State College as the best college town in the Commonwealth and 31st best nationally in its comparison of 200 american cities.

The ranking took into account the affordability of popular purchases, including a restaurant meal, gym membership, apartment rent and beer. Preply assessed social environment factors such as diversity, crime rate, and cafes, parks, and nightlife per capita.

Other metrics included average monthly net pay, unemployment rates and more. The information comes from Numbeo and TripAdvisor, according to Preply.

According to crowdsourced data website Numbeo, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center costs $1,200 at State College, compared to $1,459.91 in Pittsburgh. Here are some other cost of living indicators for State College, from Numbeo:

  • Meal at a “cheap restaurant”: $14.50

  • Fitness club membership: $42.50 per month for an adult

  • One-bedroom apartment outside the city center: $983.33 per month

  • Three-bedroom downtown apartment: $2,766.67 per month

  • Three-bedroom apartment outside the city center: $2,183.33 per month

  • Average monthly salary after taxes: $3,152.23

  • Utilities for a 915 square foot apartment (includes electricity, heat, air conditioning, water, and garbage): $144.06 per month

State College received an overall score of 57.42 out of 100 for student-friendly conditions. Preply gave the city a score of 16.54 for affordability, 22 for social environment, and 18.87 for economic opportunity, all out of 33.33.

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State College is the best small college town in Pennsylvania and the 31st best in the nation, according to Preply. Preply

Ann Arbor, Michigan had the highest score at 73.96 and Greenville, NC had the lowest at 28.62. Here are the 50 best small college towns in the United States, according to Preply:

  1. Ann Arbour, Mich.
  2. Saint Charles, Mo.
  3. Newark, Del.
  4. La Crosse, Wis.
  5. Grand Forks, North Dakota
  6. Rochester, Minnesota.
  7. Clemson, South Carolina
  8. West Lafayette, Ind.
  9. Asheville, North Carolina
  10. Auburn, Ala.
  11. Coral Gables, Florida.
  12. Laramie, Wyo.
  13. Norman, Okla.
  14. Brookline, Mass.
  15. Ithaca, NY
  16. Oshkosh, Wis.
  17. Huntville, TX
  18. Wilmington, North Carolina
  19. Richmond, California.
  20. Germantown, Maryland
  21. Stony Brook, NY
  22. Medford, Massachusetts.
  23. Stanford, California.
  24. Burlington, Vermont
  25. Davie, Florida.
  26. Santa Barbara, California.
  27. Edmund, Okla.
  28. Normal, Sick.
  29. Cedar Falls, Iowa
  30. Westminster, California.
  31. State College, Penn.
  32. Urbana, Ill.
  33. Richardson, TX
  34. Conway, Ark.
  35. Green Bay, Wis.
  36. Charlottesville, Virginia.
  37. Costa Mesa, California.
  38. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  39. San Luis Obispo, California.
  40. Oxford, Ohio
  41. Somerville, Massachusetts.
  42. Bozeman, Mont.
  43. Valdosta, Ga.
  44. Kendall, Florida.
  45. Bowling Green, Ohio
  46. Radford, Virginia.
  47. Cambridge, Mass.
  48. Fargo, North Dakota
  49. Beaumont, TX
  50. Waltham, Mass.

Meredith Howard is a duty reporter at the Belleville News-Democrat. She graduated from Baylor University and previously freelanced for the Illinois Times and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.