Reviews.org Names UNC-CH Best College Town in NC
Factors include overall population, student population, rental costs, and more
The Old Well at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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With the fall semester in full swing, college students are back in classes studying and cheering on football teams during weekends. Reviews.org researched which college towns offer the best experiences for students in each state, and ranked UNC-Chapel Hill as North Carolina’s best.
Cities with fewer than 250,000 residents that also claim colleges or universities were analyzed based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The analysis included information such as overall population, student population, rental costs, college education rates, transportation access, unemployment rates and the availability of bars.
From there, the list of towns was narrowed by weighing the cost of living, unemployment rates for ages 20–24 and easy access to the city.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s median gross rent of $947, unemployment rate of 8.1% for ages 20-24, percentage of the population using public transit (8.7%) and number of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher (24.3%) all helped earned the town its No. 1 ranking in North Carolina and No. 24 overall ranking in America.