#4 Iowa City, IA

Iowa City has the second-best unemployment rate among the top 20 college towns, and ranks third in academic research & development. The 31,000+ students at the University of Iowa often mingle with locals at the nearby downtown area. There, they also enjoy attractions such as the Museum of Natural History, the oldest university museum west of the Mississippi.  For the complete rankings click here.

[Photo: Schaeffer Hall, Wikimedia Commons]