Smartest College Towns

The Daily Beast crunched the numbers to determine the smartest college town in America.

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#1, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Major Colleges: Harvard University and MIT
Total Population: 106,255

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 43%
Population that are students: 23%

Overall Grade: A

2009 Rank: 4th

#2, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Major College: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Total Population: 52,241

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 47%
Population that are students: 36%

Overall Grade: A

2009 Rank: 1st

#3, Berkeley, California

Major College: University of California Berkeley
Total Population: 100,877

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 37%
Population that are students: 29%

Overall Grade: A

2009 Rank: 5th

#4, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Major College: University of Michigan
Total Population: 113,656

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 43%
Population that are students: 38%

Overall Grade: A

2009 Rank: 2nd

#5, Ithaca, New York

Major Colleges: Cornell University and Ithaca College
Total Population: 29,821

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 34%
Population that are students: 59%

Overall Grade: A

2009 Rank: 11th

#6, East Lansing, Michigan

Major College: Michigan State University
Total Population: 46,957

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 35%
Population that are students: 68%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 7th

#7, Boulder, Colorado

Major College: University of Colorado Boulder
Total Population: 98,737

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 34%
Population that are students: 32%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 3rd

#8, Amherst, Massachusetts

Major College: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Total Population: 35,971

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 43%
Population that are students: 59%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 10th

#9, State College, Pennsylvania

Major College: Penn State University
Total Population: 39,602

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 38%
Population that are students: 72%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 8th

#10, College Park, Maryland

Major College: University of Maryland College Park
Total Population: 27,202

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 23%
Population that are students: 56%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 19th

#11, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Major College: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Total Population: 117,391

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 28%
Population that are students: 40%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 21st

#12, Davis, California

Major College: University of California Davis
Total Population: 61,866

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 38%
Population that are students: 36%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 14th

#13, Madison, Wisconsin

Major College: University of Wisconsin Madison
Total Population: 229,051

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 23%
Population that are students: 23%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 6th

#14, Charlottesville, Virginia

Major College: University of Virginia
Total Population: 41,393

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 24%
Population that are students: 27%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 13th

#15, Ames, Iowa

Major College: Iowa State University
Total Population: 54,853

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 27%
Population that are students: 44%

Overall Grade: B

2009 Rank: 9th

#16, Columbia, Missouri

Major College: University of Missouri Columbia
Total Population: 98,831

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 24%
Population that are students: 27%

Overall Grade: C

2009 Rank: 12th

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#17, Auburn, Alabama

Major College: Auburn University
Total Population: 55,439

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 28%
Population that are students: 43%

Overall Grade: C

2009 Rank: 18th

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#18, Kent, Ohio

Major College: Kent State University
Total Population: 27,951

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 17%
Population that are students: 45%

Overall Grade: C

2009 Rank: 24th

#19, Gainesville, Florida

Major College: University of Florida
Total Population: 115,146

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 22%
Population that are students: 39%

Overall Grade: C

2009 Rank: 17th

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#20, Norman, Oklahoma

Major College: University of Oklahoma Norman
Total Population: 105,870

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 18%
Population that are students: 23%

Overall Grade: C

2009 Rank: 22nd

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#21, College Station, Texas

Major College: Texas A&M
Total Population: 80,972

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 28%
Population that are students: 49%

Overall Grade: D

2009 Rank: 16th

#22, Corvallis, Oregon

Major College: Oregon State
Total Population: 50,800

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 28%
Population that are students: 34%

Overall Grade: D

2009 Rank: 15th

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#23, Athens, Georgia

Major College: University of Georgia
Total Population: 111,814

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 20%
Population that are students: 31%

Overall Grade: D

2009 Rank: 25th

#24, Lawrence, Kansas

Major College: University of Kansas
Total Population: 90,028

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 24%
Population that are students: 32%

Overall Grade: D

2009 Rank: 20th

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#25, South Bend, Indiana

Major College: University of Notre Dame
Total Population: 104,199

Population with graduate degrees or higher: 9%
Population that are students: 8%

Overall Grade: F

2009 Rank: 23rd