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No Surprise Here: Ithaca named #1 college town

Written by Conor Harrington
10/23/2012

Ithaca College campus

 There’s more to a college than just the campus. The town and community that surround the campus is a key part of the quintessential college experience.

The American Institute for Economic Research recently ranked Ithaca, N.Y. the number one college town in the country. The town was also recently the recipient of “The Most Secure Place to Live” title by Farmers Insurance Group, one of the largest insurance groups in the country.

The AIER determines the rankings by measuring towns on three criteria: arts and leisure, unemployment, and entrepreneurial activity. Together, these factors make up the economic viability of a town.

The Ithaca city serves as a great resource to students at IC. The social events held in the town each year, like Applefest or Chilifest, make for a fun off-campus outing and the many non-profits in the area serve as great service opportunities for students doing Service Saturdays. With independent shops downtown in The Commons and multiple theaters and museums in town, it’s no surprise Ithaca ranked well with the AIER.

These accolades solidify what IC students already know to be true. Claire Dehm, a junior integrated marketing communications major, agrees with these rankings. She said, “IC is both a safe and fun college town. There's always something to do both on and off campus between Ithaca College and Cornell University, there’s always something going on.”

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said he's proud Ithaca was named the most secure small city in the country. He said in a statement, "It's a reflection of the terrific work of our Ithaca Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department, GIAC and the Youth Bureau. While we're happy with this award, we'll keep working to improve our services and keep this city one of the best in the world."

Darcy Ray, a sophomore business administration major, said the Ithaca community is friendly and welcoming, creating a safe environment. She said, “Ithaca feels like another home, another place where I'm comfortable and happy where there are people all around who welcome our college into their community.”



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