Stephens’ home city of Columbia was recognized today as the No. 3 “Best College Town” by Livability.com, a site that explores the best places to live and work.
The city is consistently ranked on the site, and is also included on the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list.
Stephens is just steps from the city’s downtown District, which has numerous restaurants, coffee shops, clubs and boutiques. Also near campus is the sprawling Stephens Lake Park, which houses festivals such as Art in the Park and Roots, Blues & BBQ. Stephens itself hosts the annual Citizen Jane Film Festival, the only film festival dedicated to showcasing female filmmakers.
When choosing the best college towns, Livability editors first analyzed data from the Census, Esri and other sources to find cities with a high concentration of a highly educated population. They looked at cities that have a high population of 25- to 29-year-olds as an indicator of the town’s ability to retain graduates who decided it’s a cool enough place to stay after graduation.
Editors then narrowed down a short list based on their experiences crisscrossing the nation and based on further research into town and gown relationships.
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