#3 Corvallis, OR
When the nearly 28,000 students at Oregon State University converge on a town of 55,000 residents, collegiate life is bound to be central to the local community. The town ranks first of the top 20 college towns for number of people who work in innovative fields, and second in city accessibility, making access to many arts and leisure amenities fairly easy. Outside the city boundaries, the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley are dotted with roadside fruit and vegetable stands during the spring and summer. For the complete rankings click here.
[Photo: Weatherford Hall, Oregon State University, Wikimedia Commons]