couple walking an street in Lawrence kansasLooking 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, TennesseeTennessee Technological University
2. Conway, ArkansasUniversity of Central ArkansasHendrix College, and Central Baptist University
3. Louisville, Kentucky: The University of Louisville
4. Memphis, Tennessee University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the University of Memphis
5. Murfreesboro, TennesseeMiddle Tennessee State University
6. Omaha, NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaCreighton UniversityCollege of St. MaryGrace University, and Metropolitan Community College

7. Tulsa, Oklahoma: The University of Tulsa
8. Ashland, OhioAshland University
9. Cedar City, UtahSouthern Utah University
10. Jonesboro, ArkansasArkansas State University
11. Nashville, TennesseeVanderbilt UniversityBelmont UniversityTennessee State UniversityLipscomb UniversityFisk UniversityAquinas College, and Trevecca Nazarene University
12. Waco, TexasBaylor University
13. Lubbock, TexasTexas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University
14. Knoxville, TennesseeUniversity of Tennessee
15. Stillwater, OklahomaOklahoma State University
16. Florence, AlabamaUniversity of North Alabama
17. Bowling Green, KentuckyWestern Kentucky University
18. Richmond, IndianaEarlham College
19. Muncie, IndianaBall State University
20. Kalamazoo, MichiganWestern Michigan University and Kalamazoo College
21. Edmond, OklahomaUniversity of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University
22. Cedar Falls, IowaUniversity of Northern Iowa
23. Columbia, Missouri: The University of MissouriStephens College, and Columbia College
24. Hattiesburg, Mississippi: The University of Southern Mississippi
25. South Bend, IndianaUniversity of Notre Dame
26. Columbus, OhioOhio State University
27. Erie, PennsylvaniaGannon UniversityMercyhurst College, and Penn State Erie
28. Fayetteville, ArkansasUniversity of Arkansas
29. Houston, TexasHouston Baptist University, the University of Houston, and Rice University
30. Winston-Salem, North CarolinaWake 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 DakotaNorth 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, MinnesotaMinnesota State University at Mankato and Bethany Lutheran College
37. Appleton, WisconsinLawrence University
38. IndianaPennsylvaniaIndiana University of Pennsylvania
39. Savannah, GeorgiaArmstrong Atlantic State UniversitySavannah State University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design
40. Eau Claire, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin n Eau Claire
41. Lexington, VirginiaWashington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute
42. Valdosta, GeorgiaValdosta State University
43. Findlay, OhioThe 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 AlabamaStillman College, and Shelton State
47. San Marcos, TexasTexas State University
48. Blacksburg, VirginiaVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech
49. Manhattan, KansasKansas State University
50. Austin, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, St. Edwards University, and Huston-Tillotson University


SOURCE Great Value Colleges

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