ICYMI: Ann Arbor, East Lansing among best small cities for students

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Map of MichiganAnn Arbor and East Lansing are two of Michigan’s historic, ever-evolving college towns.

The winner of tomorrow’s rivalry football game between the Spartans and Wolverines will proudly possess the Paul Bunyan trophy for another year. Whether you bleed green or blue is often determined from birth, but Pure Michigan is about more than football, and these two towns offer so much more for their students than trophy cases for a wooden lumberjack figurine.

According to the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), Ann Arbor and Lansing-East Lansing are 3rd and 12th best small metro regions in the nation for college students, respectively. Based on data collected from U.S. cities with at least 10,000 students, the study compares the overall economic and academic environment, employment opportunities and quality of life.

The institute seeks economic statistics in four specific categories to determine destination rankings: student life, culture, economic health and opportunity.

When it comes to a student’s educational experience, the location of a college or university can be just as important as the educational institution itself.

–Stephen Adams, President of AIER

It comes as no surprise to Michigan House Republicans that fair housing costs, cultural communities, declining unemployment and college educated residents have put these two incredible Midwest communities on the map.