Selecting a college to attend for four years is an intimating process, both for parents and high school students. There are so many factors to consider and accomplish before that brand new fall semester begins, like taking SAT's and ACT's, submitting college applications, writing scholarship essays, applying for financial aid, and the list goes on.

In addition to choosing a school, it's also important to know the college town as it will be a student's "home" for the next four or more years. Is the area safe? Affordable? Do opportunities exist for a multiplicity of "cultural and professional experiences"? If the college town is located far from home, is there an airport nearby? is aware of the struggles surrounding the big decisions of college, which is the reason they put together a 2014 list of America's top college towns that promise the best (or worst!) combination of academic, social and economic environments. Twenty-three key metrics were analyzed to evaluate such characteristics as "higher education, crime rates and the cost of living." (Click here to see the full list)

In the overall ranking, the #1 college town is Oxford, OH, #2 is State College, PA, and #3 is CHAPEL HILL, NC, home of The University if North Carolina! This isn't the first time Chapel Hill has made the list for best college towns in the country, either. It's consistently on the radar for its rich cultural diversity and quality education, making it the ideal place for students to spend their memorable college years.

Source: WalletHub


Chapel Hill is unique in that it's not only a great college town, it's also a great place to live and retire! If you or someone you know is thinking about moving here, let us know! With our 20+ years of experience working and living in Chapel Hill, we are more than equipped to help you find THE perfect home in your ideal location! 



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