Looking for a place to retire that is affordable, has lots of activities nearby, a vibrant social scene and an abundance of cultural activities? A college town might just be perfect for you!
Following are 2014 “50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S.” ranked by cost from lowest to highest, and the colleges that reside in each town:
1. Cookeville, Tennessee: Tennessee Technological University 2. Conway, Arkansas: University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, and Central Baptist University 3. Louisville, Kentucky: The University of Louisville 4. Memphis, TennesseeUniversity of Tennessee Health Science Center and the University of Memphis 5. Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Middle Tennessee State University 6. Omaha, Nebraska: University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University, College of St. Mary, Grace University, and Metropolitan Community College
7. Tulsa, Oklahoma: The University of Tulsa 8. Ashland, Ohio: Ashland University 9. Cedar City, Utah: Southern Utah University 10. Jonesboro, Arkansas: Arkansas State University 11. Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Tennessee State University, Lipscomb University, Fisk University, Aquinas College, and Trevecca Nazarene University 12. Waco, Texas: Baylor University 13. Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University 14. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee 15. Stillwater, Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University 16. Florence, Alabama: University of North Alabama 17. Bowling Green, Kentucky: Western Kentucky University 18. Richmond, Indiana: Earlham College 19. Muncie, Indiana: Ball State University 20. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College 21. Edmond, Oklahoma: University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University 22. Cedar Falls, Iowa: University of Northern Iowa 23. Columbia, Missouri: The University of Missouri, Stephens College, and Columbia College 24. Hattiesburg, Mississippi: The University of Southern Mississippi 25. South Bend, Indiana: University of Notre Dame 26. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University 27. Erie, Pennsylvania: Gannon University, Mercyhurst College, and Penn State Erie 28. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas 29. Houston, Texas: Houston Baptist University, the University of Houston, and Rice University 30. Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Wake Forest, Salem College, Winston-Salem State University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts 31. Nacogdoches, Texas: Steven F. Austin University 32. Fargo, North Dakota: North Dakota State University 33. Monroe, Louisiana: The University of Louisiana at Monroe 34. Lexington, Kentucky: The University of Kentucky 35. Johnstown, Pennsylvania: The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown 36. Mankato, Minnesota: Minnesota State University at Mankato and Bethany Lutheran College 37. Appleton, Wisconsin: Lawrence University 38. Indiana, Pennsylvania: Indiana University of Pennsylvania 39. Savannah, Georgia: Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah State University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design 40. Eau Claire, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin n Eau Claire 41. Lexington, Virginia: Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute 42. Valdosta, Georgia: Valdosta State University 43. Findlay, Ohio: The University of Findlay 44. Norman, Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma 45. Lawrence, Kansas: The University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University 46. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama, Stillman College, and Shelton State 47. San Marcos, Texas: Texas State University 48. Blacksburg, Virginia: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech 49. Manhattan, Kansas: Kansas State University 50. Austin, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, St. Edwards University, and Huston-Tillotson University
Joan McCray is a travel writer living in NYC. Her work has appeared in the NewYorker,Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Wine,and many local publications.She has published travel anthologies in Salon.com and Lonely Planet.
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