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Ames, Iowa City ranked top college towns in nation

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The home of two of Iowa's public universities are amongst the best college towns in the country, according to a new study. The American Institute for Economic Research ranked Ames second and Iowa City the fourth.

The study praised Ames' level of student diversity and unemployment rate.

“While agricultural studies are popular at Iowa State University, it's not the only game in town. Majors include everything from aerospace engineering to women's studies, and the variety of clubs and intramural sports on campus reflects a student body with diverse interests,” the study added.

Iowa City's unemployment rate and the high level of academic research and development at the University of Iowa were singled out.

Ithaca, New York, home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College, topped the list.

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