Ithaca, N.Y.

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An idyllic home for first-wave hippies and Cornell students, Ithaca sits on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake. It is the largest city around the Finger Lakes yet the second smallest of all of our college towns. Ithaca is home to art-house cinemas, great eateries, and college pubs. Over half of the population of this college town has at least a BA, and for its size, it’s fairly diverse. It is common to see people getting around without a car. However, low labor-force participation could warn of an adverse labor market after graduation.

#4 Ithaca, N.Y.

POPULATION: 104,592
STUDENTS: 28,164
RANKING DETAIL:
#2 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#8 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#4 CITY ACCESS
#14 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#12 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#10 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#19 LABOR FORCE
#5 INNOVATION
#5 RENT

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