Business Insider | The 20 best college towns in America

When picking a college, a school’s location can sometimes be just as important as its academics. The American Institute of Economic Research has released its latest College Destination Index, which compared college towns around the country based on their academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunity. 

32,000 undergrads attend class at the University of Illinois here. These sister cities ranked second in terms of student diversity (15.2% of students are non-U.S. residents) and fourth in city accessibility (17.3% of workers commute by public transportation, bike, or walk). Continue.