New York

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The nation’s largest city continues to be a magnet for students from around the country. Overall quality of life in the city-that-never-sleeps is fairly high, but not surprisingly, so too, are rents. The rapid changes in neighborhoods across the region mean that it’s becoming harder and harder to trade a long commute to school for lower rents. The vast public transit network translates to the highest ranking among major metros for city access. The high concentration of restaurants, bars, museums, and theaters and a strong ranking on racial and ethnic diversity contribute to a dynamic urban life.

#6 New York

POPULATION: 20,093,674
STUDENTS: 1,436,905
RANKING DETAIL:
#6 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#4 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#1 CITY ACCESS
#3 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#15 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#10 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#10 LABOR FORCE
#14 INNOVATION
#11 RENT

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