Former senator: Crestview's No. 4 College Town ranking 'remarkable' (BROCHURE)


The American Institute for Economic Research is taking back Crestview's No. 4 ranking among the country's Top College Towns, citing an analytical error that occurred while the organization's staffers were compiling the initial College Destinations Index.

Published: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 05:32 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Hub City is the No. 4 college town in the country, according to the American Institute for Economic Research, which ranked areas with less than 250,000 residents.

Business Insider credited the city with having an average income of $41,852 per capita and a college student concentration of 82.3 per 1,000 people.

See a brochure of the American Institute for Business Research's Top 20 College Towns, among other rankings>>

Northwest Florida State College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's nearby campuses also helped Crestview get within the top five of the 20-town list.

Ithaca, N.Y. was No. 1; Ames, Iowa, No.2; State College, Penn., No. 3; and Iowa City, Iowa was No. 5.

Former state senator Durell Peaden said the city earning the honor is "impressive."

"It's very remarkable for our small country town," Peaden said. "It shows that we are definitely on the right track."

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