Blacksburg, Va.

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The home of the Virginia Tech Hokies offers a quality of life higher than its No. 17 ranking suggests. It should come as no surprise that Virginia Tech supplies Blacksburg with high levels of innovation. In terms of bars and restaurants, ask any Tech student and they’ll tell you to head downtown to T.O.T.S., Gillie’s, or Sharkey’s for some amazing brews and grub. The MSA of Blacksburg also includes Radford University, a key player in the regional economy. Although the scenery is picture perfect, the area may dissuade some future students due to its lack of diversity and high rents.

#17 Blacksburg, Va.

POPULATION: 180,649
STUDENTS: 41,438
RANKING DETAIL:
#18 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#18 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#13 CITY ACCESS
#19 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#3 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#8 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#18 LABOR FORCE
#3 INNOVATION
#13 RENT

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