College students flock to Boston. Blame it on the fact we have the world’s most prestigious universities, or that we were recently ranked the drunkest city in America for the second year in a row. Either way, the Hub is hopping with twenty-somethings, and the American Institute for Economic Research has confirmed it–naming Boston the best major metro for college students.

The AIER recognizes the “‘college experience’ is about more than simply attending a top-notch university.” As the Institute’s Research Analyst Julie Zhu notes, “At a time when approximately half of current college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, the pros and cons of a particular college destination should be an important factor in making a college selection.”

Data was pulled from various places, including the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, to determine a community’s academic and cultural environment, as well as the overall quality of life and number of employment opportunities.

One look at Boston’s 2012 rankings, and it should come as no surprise students swarm the city. Boston is the eternal fountain of youth, my friends; the land of great jobs, warm smiles and a pretty decent public transportation city we just love to complain about.

Or again, realistically and stereotypically speaking, it’s the drunkest city in America. College students love that Bud Light, right?


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